The Meaning of the Hacking Trial, a free press would be a really good idea – Des Freedman

Inforrm here reproduces a piece describing just how powerful and corrupt the British press is in the wake of the phone hacking scandal. It concludes by asking the question of what a genuinely free press might be like. Over twenty years or so ago I attended a meeting of the local Fabian Society. The speaker that evening was a NUJ journalist, who talked about the concentration of the press in the hands of a very few media magnates, like Rupert Murdoch. She argued that one way to break their power and those of their editors would be to introduce workers’ control into the newspapers, so that the journalists themselves were responsible for the political bias of the news and did not have to follow the party line of the editor and proprietor.

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Press on SaleWhen asked what he thought of western civilisation, the Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi replied that ‘I think it would be a great idea’. The verdicts handed down from the phone hacking trial together with the information contained during the eight months at the Old Bailey suggest pretty much the same thing. We need a free and fearless press because we certainly don’t appear to have one now.

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