A Press Free and Responsible: Self Regulation and the Press Complaints Commission, 1991-2001 by Richard Shannon

A Press Free and Responsible: Self Regulation and the Press Complaints Commission, 1991-2001 by Richard Shannon

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Traces the development of the Press Complaints Commission in its first decade. Stories dealt with by the PCC - including Princess Diana's relationship with the press and her tragic death - are explored, along with such issues as how to balance public interest with an individual's right to privacy.

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When the Press Complaints Commission was set up in 1991, British journalism was at an all-time low. In a democracy the media must be free but competition between tabloids had produced a press notorious for intrusiveness, tastelessness, inaccuracy, callous methods and chequebook journalism. The only curb was the old Press Council, funded by the industry itself and widely seen as a watchdog with false teeth. Some more forceful body was clearly needed; the question was whether it could succeed, or whether the Government's threat of statutory regulation would be carried out.;This book traces the development of the PCC in its first decade. It is also a telling picture of British life and public opinion during the 1990s. Princess Diana's complicated relationship with the press and her tragic death; the Barings scandal, the Camillagate tapes, cash for questions, and the unmasking of Jonathan Aitken are only a few of the stories the PCC has had to deal with. The book reveals the struggles that divided both the PCC and the industry itself, as well as exploring the serious questions, such as how to balance public interest with an individual's right to privacy.I do believe the popular press is drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, said David Mellor in 1989. A decade on, thanks to the influence of the PCC, it seems that the press is out of the saloon and self-regulation is a reality.

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SKU GOR006505703
Title A Press Free and Responsible: Self Regulation and the Press Complaints Commission, 1991-2001
Author By (author) Richard Shannon
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 398
ISBN 10 0719563216
ISBN 13 9780719563218
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.
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When the Press Complaints Commission was set up in 1991, British journalism was at an all-time low. In a democracy the media must be free but competition between tabloids had produced a press notorious for intrusiveness, tastelessness, inaccuracy, callous methods and chequebook journalism. The only curb was the old Press Council, funded by the industry itself and widely seen as a watchdog with false teeth. Some more forceful body was clearly needed; the question was whether it could succeed, or whether the Government's threat of statutory regulation would be carried out.;This book traces the development of the PCC in its first decade. It is also a telling picture of British life and public opinion during the 1990s. Princess Diana's complicated relationship with the press and her tragic death; the Barings scandal, the Camillagate tapes, cash for questions, and the unmasking of Jonathan Aitken are only a few of the stories the PCC has had to deal with. The book reveals the struggles that divided both the PCC and the industry itself, as well as exploring the serious questions, such as how to balance public interest with an individual's right to privacy.I do believe the popular press is drinking in the Last Chance Saloon, said David Mellor in 1989. A decade on, thanks to the influence of the PCC, it seems that the press is out of the saloon and self-regulation is a reality.
Additional Information

Additional Information

SKU GOR006505703
Title A Press Free and Responsible: Self Regulation and the Press Complaints Commission, 1991-2001
Author By (author) Richard Shannon
Condition WELLREAD
Binding Type Hardback
Publisher John Murray General Publishing Division
Year Published 2001
Number of Pages 398
ISBN 10 0719563216
ISBN 13 9780719563218
Edition N/A
Prizes N/A
Cover Note: Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual cover or edition may vary.
Note: This is a used book. We do our best to provide good quality books for you to read, but there is no escaping the fact that it has been owned and read by someone else previously. Therefore it will show signs of wear and may be an ex library book.