What can we learn from the Leveson inquiry?

29 Nov

Adapted from the Politics Home website – with SIN amendments!

Leveson [EDDC] reveals need to shine a light on corporate lobbying.  Responding to this afternoon’s publication of the Leveson ? report [the forthcoming TAFF] and its [potential] recommendations for statutory press regulation [regulation of groups which lobby EDDC] Unlock Democracy director Peter Facey [many East Devon residents] said:
“The Leveson Inquiry  [TAFF] painted [could paint] a picture of scandals upon scandals, shedding light not just on the failings of the current system of media [EDDC/EDBF] self-regulation, but on the extent to which major media corporations [EDBF] invest their time and money secretly [overtly but with secret meetings] lobbying politicians [EDDC councillors]. Without the inquiry [input of local electors] the scurrilous relationship between Jeremy Hunt, David Cameron and NewsCorp [the cosy relationship between EDDC and EDBF] would have never come to light.
“But it shouldn’t take special inquiries [TAFFs] to open up secret lobbying [potentially harmful lobbying] to public scrutiny. We desperately need a statutory lobbying register [for all groups which lobby local authorities] to ensure we have a better idea of what is going on at the time it is happening rather than years after the event.
“Leveson (the TAFF] has shown [hopefully will show] us that the present means of media [local authority] self-regulation are woefully inadequate. We welcome Lord Leveson’s  [the TAFFs future recommendations]call for the freedom of the press [the opportunity for everyone to lobby transparently on a level playing field] to be enshrined in UK law; how this can work in practice in tandem with a statutory underpinning of media regulation [local authority rules] is a matter of further debate. The pressure is on the media [EDDC] to prove that that individual rights [its electors’ rights] will not be ignored under self-regulation [the current system] – not just over the next few months, but long after the furore has died down.”

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