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PRINT MEDIA ESSAY PRESS REGULATION IN THE UK To say that the current system of press regulation in the UK allows newspapers to intrude unreasonably on the private lives of individuals offers up many different viewpoints meaning there is by no means a definite answer There are two main themes to focus upon when considering this The first theme suggested being what is the current system of press regulation used in the UK today The second theme suggested by the question is disputed cases of intrusion Let us first have a closer look at the current system of press regulation used in the UK today Currently in Britain there is no statutory legislation preventing newspapers from printing stories and pictures which may well be considered to be an invasion of ones privacy However despite theyre being no actual privacy law there is a code of practice which all newspapers and magazines have agreed to adhere to The Press Complaints Commission set this up The Press Complaints Commission PCC is an independent organisation set up in 1991 upon the recommendations of Sir David Calcutts commission into press regulation The job of the PCC is to make sure that the newspapers and magazines follow the code of practice on topics such as privacy children and misrepresentation They in turn deal with any complaints made against a publication in breach of the code of practice All cases with the exception of most cases dealing with inaccuracy which are dealt with by the editor of that publication are adjudicated with all critical adjudications being published by the PCC The PCC was the idea of Sir David Calcutts committee commissioned by the Government to consider what measures whether legislative or otherwise are needed to give further protection to individual privacy from the activities of the press and improve recourse against the press for the individual citizen taking into account of existing remedies including the law on
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