Exam date

When's the 2016 exam? Wednesday 8th June, am.

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Tues17th: 13A task

Today YOU will be researching and delivering the lesson, which ties into our 1st practice MediaReg essay on arguments for/against the PCC

You will each have up to 9.15 to research at least 1 source (which you identify to me so I can confirm that everyone is using a unique source/article), type up your notes (keep them BRIEF + to the point; only quote where absolutely necessary - we have just 30mins to get feedback from each person AND discuss these findings) either for or against the PCC. Reflecting the balance of the arguments, 3 of you will research the pro-PCC arguments, the rest of you the anti- lines.
The quickest way to do this is to type into Word, then copy/paste into a blog post comment at the end.
If you quickly get through one source, make a start on another!

By 9.15, deliver your findings as a comment to this post, starting this comment with your name, the URL of the source/s you used (+author/organisation name + publication date if thats not already obvious from the link + is stated on the web page), + then a list of points (each on a separate line).
After discussing the overall findings I'll compile all of these (+ those from the other class) this evening into a Word document, and embed it here.

...and here it is!
13A PCC Research Tues 17th April 2012


  1. WILL - http://www.pcc.org.uk/about/history.html - PCC

    All publishers and editors committed themselves to abiding by the formal Code of Practice and to ensure secure and adequate funding of the PCC.

    In 1995 the then government recognised the achievements of the PCC in making effective press self-regulation in it's white paper - "Privacy and Media Intrusion".

    In 2003 House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Select committee concluded that “overall, standards of press behaviour, the Code and the performance of the Press Complaints Commission have improved over the last decade”.

    A further inquiry into self-regulation of the press by the Select Committee in 2007 concluded that the system of self regulation should be maintained for the press, and that there was no case for a statutory regulator. It further concluded that a privacy law was undesirable.

    A 2009 Select Committee report into "Press Standards, Privacy and Libel" stated that "self-regulation of the press is greatly perferable to statutory regulation, and should continue".

    A quote from David Cameron in April 2008 - “We’ve no plans to change self-regulation. I think the PCC has settled down and the system is now working better than it once did. But that’s not to say that there isn’t an on-going need to make sure the press acts responsibly”.

    A quote from Margaret Hodge MP in 2007 who was the then Department of Culture, Media and Sport Minister - “The Government strongly supports freedom of speech and a free press. It is therefore appropriate that there should be a system of self-regulation. We are generally satisfied that the Press Complaints Commission's code of practice is both adequate and appropriate for its purpose."

  2. Ben Hudson: Pro-PCC (Chairman C.Meyer 'Press complaints Commission-'the best a press can get'- Independent. Mon 18th September 06)


    PCC effective because they are able to discuss privacy in a manner that avoids the courts.

    Open to outside independent review

    Editors for the code so that it'd command more respect. (made by editors FOR editors)

    Publicly appointed members, 10 (as of 2006) 7 of whom are editors themselves.

    Argue it's not QUITE self regulation (i.e journalists monitoring journalists) but editors monitoring them.

    Believe that if regulated by anyone else it would limit the freedom of the press.

  3. Melodie A: http://pccwatch.co.uk/who-should-pcc-work-for/ (found on media reg blog). PCC make it very clear what they do but not who they work for. They have worked on behalf of celebrities to protect their private lives although some say that being a celebrity means you don’t have the luxury of a private life. An example of this is making an agreement with the papers not to publish celebrity pregnancies until 12 weeks. Many celebrities have benefited from the PCC’s silence but the public has not. When Peter Crouch (Clancy’s partner) criticized the newpapers for not complying with the code the PCC did no investigation. Alothough the PCC wont win for protecting newspapers when they are not wrong they should at least investigate allegations. The benefit would have been the public being better informed about newspaper coverage and a commission which was safeguarding self-regulation, reassuring its key stakeholders that it was taking a public lead in judging the code. Which would you rather?

  4. gina
    Pro PCC - http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/greenslade/2011/feb/08/pcc-twitter

    The Daily Mail and the Independent on Sunday have been cleared by the PCC of claims that they had breached privacy by republishing material from Twitter. The Department of Transport civil servant made the complaint thinking her tweets could only be read by her followers (700) however the PCC argue that it is a public forum. The woman claims that her tweet was not representative of her employer although the commission feel that this does not excuse her from responsibility of what she wrote. The PCC say that she should have restricted her access and that she was naive. Even if only her followers had viewed the tweet there is nothing stopping them from re-tweeting it as Twitter is an open forum. PCC director, Stephan Abell, sees it as 'an important ruling' as the commission 'is increasingly being asked to make judgement about what can be legitimately described as private information.'

  5. Ellie F - WikiLeaks Julian Assange - PCC Stood By As I Was Libelled By Media. - http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2012/apr/05/wikileaks-julian-assange-pcc

    Julian Assange attacked the PCC when speaking in the Leveson Enquiry, he stated the PCC had stood back and done nothing whilst he was subjected to inacurate and negative media coverage, when he ' suffered extensive libels'.

    Newspaper such as The Gaurdian, The Daily Mail & The Independent said he had been charged with rape after battle with Swedish Authorities over Sexual Assault allegations, when he had not.

    PCC ignored his complaints and said it was perfectly fine to say he has been charged as being ' charged' is merly the same as having an allegation placed upon him.

    The PCC failed to maintain Ethical codes of journalism standerds, as PCC found no breech in of the code had occured.


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