The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

Can I pause you there just to tell you what the PCC have said about this issue of getting people to join in with the system. They say this:

"A crucial part of the new system would see each publisher sign a contract with the PCC. Each newspaper owner would have to sign up to the complaints mechanism, submit to investigation and accept financial sanction, with each contract lasting between three and five years. The idea is to create a mechanism tighter than the existing model of self-regulation but not as stiff as statutory intervention. It would be possible for the PCC to enforce against errant newspapers because the publisher would have signed up by contract, insiders describe it as a self-licensing system, and any breaches would amount to contempt of court."

Would any of you have any support for that system?

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