Should The British Press Get More Oversight?

Andrew Sullivan —  Jul 11 2011 @ 11:16am

by Chris Bodenner

Amy Davidson is wary of David Cameron's push to reexamine press regulations. She maintains that the scandal is "above all, a political one":

It looks from here like the Guardian, another newspaper, did the tireless investigative work that exposed the News of the World's practices, while public officials at every level were intimately involved in them. If the Guardian did the work that the government failed to do, is the lesson there really that the press should have less power, and the government more?

British newspapers are not "solely responsible for policing themselves": the News of the World engaged in activities that are criminal under existing laws, and that those who enforce laws were well positioned to reveal and put an end to. They did not. The list of the complicit starts with the first policeman who was offered money, but it extends to David Cameron.

Graeme McLagan chronicles the corruption that went on for years unchecked. Stephen Engelberg also warns against press commissions.