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What is stopping Real Change?

There is a real problem with the media that requires real change. As Lord Justice Leveson said recently in a speech: “The press operating freely and in the public interest is one of the true safeguards of our democracy. As a result it holds a privileged and powerful place in our society. But this power and influence carries with it responsibility to the public interest in whose name it exercises these privileges. Unfortunately, as the …

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Did 2Day FM break the law? And does it matter?

When two DJ’s from 2Day FM phoned a UK hospital to trick staff into revealing private details of the Duchess of Cambridge’s medical condition, what did they imagine the outcome would be? In the case of ‘successfully’ fooling the staff (which they did), the best case scenario would have been that a hard working nurse or receptionist would be fired from their job for giving out privileged information. Added to that it would have been …

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Freedom of the Press – a pressing issue

I am sitting on the plane writing this as I return to Australia following a visit to the UK. Next week, Lord Justice Leveson is due to publish his findings and recommendations following an extensive review into the British media. As I boarded my flight home, I picked up a copy of the UK Mail on Sunday. The entire front page had a huge screaming headline “Cameron set to defy Leveson over new press laws”. …

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