Apparently daily sales of newspapers have gone down from 13 million to 8million in just a decade. It strikes me therefore that the Newspaper industry are on thin ground congratulating themselves that they have David Cameron on their side and he has kicked “Lord” Leveson’s Report into touch.
Let’s be frank here. He set up an Enquiry. The proposals from Leveson seem simple enough….a new system of self regulation (that was surely always going to happen) and backed by a fairly modest statutory arrangement. The Media have started talking about “Freedom of the Press” and all this being the thin end of the wedge and we will all end up like North Korea. All of which would be laughable if it was not for the fact that the tabloid press abused that freedom so blatantly.
Actualy it might be a good time for “real” Journalists to distance themselves from Tabloidists. …their unethical colleagues do little to enhance the media.
What Cameron has done is lead the victims…….celebrity and civilian ……up the garden path. He praises Leveson, salutes the courage of the victims before stabbing them in the back. Journalists sympathise with victims and then say that the victims cant have a veto……..which would make sense if it wasn’t for the fact that some local journalists build up the the cases of victims of our Troubles…like they should have a veto.
If British Army, loyalists and IRA cannot look victims in the face…or feel comfortable in their presence………then the same is true of journalists who cannot look victims of phone hacking in the eyes.
It is a simple choice. We can support the Media or we can support the Victims. With only eight million people buying newspapers tomorrow, then surely it is time……if we feel strongly enough to simply refuse to hand over seventy pence or whatever for a newspaper. Bottom line is…….do we really need it? How much of it will we actually read.
Just as handy to sit on the train with an ipad, iphone, ipod or kindle.