Keep the press free | Prospect Magazine
There is no perfect solution, although there is one which has the merit of simplicity. Why not sweep away the fraudulent panoply of self-regulation, yet also avoid the dangers of statutory regulation, simply by leaving it all to the law? The News of the World scandal, after all, was that editors and journalists arrogantly disobeyed criminal laws against hacking and bribery. Leveson could simply recommend that the existing PCC code of conduct be given statutory force, so that any victim could sue for damages—leaving the press to be hoist, if necessary, by its own petard.