Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

New Report Says British Public Cynical About Press

The Media Standards Trust has published a report, A More Accountable Press, critical of the Press Complaints Commission and the current system under which the media as a whole operates, saying the media and the PCC are not sufficiently transparent or accountable to the public.

[R]esearch commissioned by the Media Standards Trust, carried out by YouGov, shows startling new levels of public cynicism about standards in the press with 75% of the public saying that ‘newspapers frequently publish stories they know are inaccurate’, and only 7% saying they trust national newspapers to behave responsibly – a lower trust score even than banks. There is strong support for greater government intervention to protect privacy (60% of the public are calling for this), while almost three quarters of respondents (73%) would like the government to do more to correct inaccuracies in the media.

The PCC rejects the criticism.

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