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The Leveson Inquiry seems to me to be an example of the law of unintended consequences. When the Government set up the Inquiry, I imagine they thought this ought to be a win for them; standing up against the unscrupulous conduct of the media and seeking some quasi-judicial solution or framework for the future relations between the media and just about every other element of society.

The unintended consequences of this of course have been the way in which we have been shown that governments over the past few decades have enjoyed a cosy relationship with the media, and the picking over of the process by which News Corporation’s acquisition of BSkyB was approved. Add to that the relationship between the media and certain members of the police and what is clear is that very few people are going to come out of this Inquiry with any credit, and I do not exclude from that the celebrities who are sometimes accused of criticising the media for its intrusion into their private lives, while at the same time letting the media know exactly where they will be for an evening’s entertainment.

I am not sure how we got into this mess and I suppose we must all take some responsibility for it on the basis that if we did not buy the newspapers which printed these stories then the media would not be encouraged to operate in the fashion that we have seen.

Whatever does come out of this and you cannot help but feel there is likely to be more regulation rather than less as a result, what is important is that it does not operate so as to restrict the genuine investigative journalism which has been some important to our democracy over recent times.

Posted: 26/04/2012 14:55:06
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