FOLLOWING THE LEVESON report, Thurrock MP, Jackie Doyle-Price has come out in favour of press regulation.
Ms Doyle-Price, alongside South Basildon and East Thurrock MP, Stephen Metcalfe signed a letter by fellow MP George Eustice that called for statutory regulation.
YT asked Jackie to explain her reasoning.
“I want to see more robust regulation of the press, in particular so that ordinary people can be protected against harassment and defamation, not just those with deep pockets. I would prefer that to be achieved by self-regulation, but I do not shy from involvement by the State if the Press prove incapable of stepping up to the plate and delivering an appropriate regime.
“Some colleagues argue that the failure has been to neglect to enforce existing law – I believe it is worse than that. That criminal behaviour was tolerated and commonplace in the newsrooms of our national newspapers is an utter disgrace and is symptomatic of a culture where newspapers were behaving as if they were above the law. The provisions enshrined in the editors code of practice under the press complaints commission need to be enforced. The PCC has not been up to the task.
“This said, there remain no rules regarding publication of material on the Internet where most offending material is published. Websites can facilitate the publication of defamatory and abusive comments which would never be published in a newspaper. And whilst newspapers are tomorrows fish and chip paper, material stays on the internet forever.