Ten things Leveson must not fluff
1 Regulation must have legal backing: we can’t have the publishers opting out.
2 Editors and publishers, including owners, should have responsibility for what their employees do, as in corporate manslaughter.
3 Newspapers need to establishe internal compliance operations to implement a newly written code.
4 Clarify what is the public interest.
5 Contributions to public debates and those who put themselves in the public eye are more open to coverage than of private people, whatever happens to those private people.
6 Reemphasise that hacking and harassment are criminal.
7 Lay out a framework for the reform of libel to include the claimant’s need to prove they were damaged and how much, at the very least.
8 Introduce a right of reply for all coverage.
9 Lay out plans to fragment ownership to overcome the concentration of ownership.
10 Say that the vast majority of the press the vast majority of the times does a great job.
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