Peter Wilby’s First Thoughts column.
The cross-party plan for press regulation is unlikely to work, nor should we let it. Anyway, those proposing greater regulation of the press overestimate its influence and underestimate the good sense of their readers.
Was ours "a free and open marketplace of information"? Not even close, says Martin Moore of the Media Standards Trust.
The claim that the public benefits from a "raucous press" is almost entirely fictional. In the meantime, the likes of Lucy Meadows are trampled on.
Censoring the Daily Mail columnist, particularly in the wake of Lucy Meadows’ death, is tempting. But his views are still shared by millions, and worse is said on social media every single minute.
The New Statesman does not see its interests served by regulation designed to suit politicians.
The cross-party deal is a stitch-up but there is no moral authority on Fleet Street to resist it.
Read the Labour leader's letter to the Parliamentary Labour Party on today's press regulation agreement.
News keeps happening, some of it quite important.