Media Law Prof Blog

Editor: Christine A. Corcos
Louisiana State Univ.

Monday, December 2, 2013

Lions Led By Donkeys

Criticism continues over the British media industry's proposed regulations, which are an answer to the government's proposals. This time it comes from David Yelland, a former Sun editor, who says that the industry's suggested replacement for the Press Complaints Commission skews too closely to the interests of the media itself. He suggests that adoption of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) without enough attention to the contents of the royal charter will lead to a "chaotic situation." In an interview with the BBC 4 program Today's Sarah Montague, he opined, rather colorfully, that journalists have been "rather like lions led by donkeys...very angry donkeys."

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