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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Daily Express Editor Testifies Before Parliament, Defends Coverage of McCann, Diana Stories

Peter Hill, editor of the Daily Express, defended his paper's reporting of the Madeleine McCann kidnapping and of the coverage of the death of Princess Diana, and told Members of Parliament that he never offered to resign over it. Said Mr. Hill, "If editors had to resign every time there was a libel action against them, there wouldn't be any editors." The Daily Express eventually apologized for its McCann coverage after the parents' attorneys threatened legal action.

Mr. Hill also defended the number of stories the paper had written about the possibility of conspiracy leading to Princess Diana's death. "Of course we believed it. I do not publish stories that I believe to be untrue. That is something I do not do." Finally he agreed with the editor of the Daily Mail by saying, "We do not have a free press in this country by any means. We have a very shackled press."

Read more here in a Guardian story.

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/media_law_prof_blog/2009/04/daily-express-editor-testifies-before-parliament-defends-coverage-of-mccann-diana-stories.html

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