Perhaps stung by the criticism of its docile passivity in the face of the Goodman affair, the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) in the UK has this week come to life, swinging into acting with at least three very important developments, covered in this post and the next two.
The first is a direct result of the fallout from the royal phone-tapping affair. This week’s Media Guardian reports that the
PCC plans to write to every newspaper and magazine editor to ask what controls they have in place to prevent the sort of “intrusive fishing expeditions” undertaken by Goodman and widely speculated to have become common practice among some Sunday tabloid journalists. It will then publish its conclusions, with possible options believed to include new best-practice guidelines and the setting up of new training courses to make journalists more aware of the code and the law.
This is very welcome, but there is more than a whiff of stable doors and bolting horses about it. …