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Intrusion and privacy study is welcomed

Two industry bodies have welcomed a new Government inquiry into media intrusion and privacy.

The parliamentary select committee for Culture, Media and Sport will take a close look at how self-regulation of the media works.

Acting Press Complaints Commission chairman Robert Pinker said: “This timely inquiry will be an excellent opportunity for the Commission – and the newspaper and magazine industry – to demonstrate the effectiveness of self regulation, the success of the Code in raising standards over time, and most crucially our service for ordinary members of the public.”

And Bob Satchwell, director of the Society of Editors, said: “There is no doubt that the editors’ code and the PCC have brought about significant changes in the behaviour and operation of newspapers. We are confident that this new inquiry will demonstrate clearly that self-regulation works.

“If anything, recent events have shown that anything other than self regulation would be dangerous.

“It is valuable that the committee will look at the implications of the Human Rights Act.

“Concerns remain that it could be used to inhibit the media. Freedom of expression, and the free press that flows from it, is a fundamental human right.”

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