The current system, the report finds, is insufficiently effective, largely unaccountable, opaque, and failing to reflect the radically changed media environment. At a time when news organisations are under enormous competitive, technological and financial pressure, the risks of inaccuracy are increasing and concerns about privacy intrusion are growing. Public trust in journalism, already low, may be declining further. People are bypassing the Press Complaints Commission in favour of the courts, leading to the formation of precedent-based law which could constrain press freedom.
Research commissioned by the MST for the report, conducted by YouGov, found that only 7% of the public say they trust national newspapers to behave responsibly – a lower trust score even than banks. 75% of people think that ‘newspapers frequently publish stories they know are inaccurate’. 70% believe there are ‘far too many instances of people’s privacy being invaded by newspaper journalists’.
Six in ten people now think the government should do more to prevent national newspaper journalists from intruding on people’s private lives, while almost three quarters of the public (73%) would like the government to do more to ensure that newspapers correct inaccurate stories.
Martin Moore, Director of the Media Standards Trust, says: “Without urgent reform we believe that self-regulation of the press will become increasingly ineffective at both protecting the public and promoting good journalism and, without prompt action, there is real danger that it will become increasingly irrelevant. The purpose of the MST’s review is to highlight the reasons why reform of the system is necessary.”
The MST will now be looking for constructive ideas for reform. It will carry out extensive consultation over the course of this year and publish its recommendations in Part 2 of the review later in 2009. If you would like to be involved, please email email@example.com or join in the debate by leaving a comment on Martin Moore’s blog.
so far wade and the daliy mail try win back us but the pcc and newspaper shoot them on the foot about 4time for 1 good reasons
the pcc said the Media Standards trust is a mad house and a liar. but the Media Standards got they fact form that right the pcc.
so the next time you see Sir Christopher Meyer’s siad to him how your libel pay out to Madeleine McCann mun and dad and Robert Murat and tapas seven doing and have gone to no 11.