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Comment is Free: Phone hacking – select committee must move quickly, says Paul Farrelly

July 10th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism, Legal

Paul Farrelly, member of the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee, says the committee had to react quickly to the Guardian’s revelations about alleged phone hacking by the News of the World – but acknowledges that ‘the Guardian story has a long pedigree’.

Farrelly adds that the committee will be pursuing the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) further over its phone hacking investigations to date.

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Baroness Ros Scott: Should the PCC be abolished?

February 16th, 2009 | No Comments | Posted by in Editors' pick, Journalism

Baron Ros Scott, member of the House of Lords Select Committee’s review of media ownership and the news last year, questions the existence of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC).

“Its entire existence is based on a narrow remit of dealing with complaints from individuals who have the patience (and resources) to go through their procedures. They do not attempt to deal with standards more generally, and given the enormous competitive pressure on newspapers, standards of accuracy and the need for more sensationalist stories are resulting in a dramatic decline in general standards,” she writes

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