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Daily editor joined print journalism debate

A regional newspaper editor joined in a debate on the future of print journalism.

Speaking at the Benn Debate in Bristol on Friday, Mike Norton, editor of the Bristol Evening Post, said that self-regulation works for local newspapers and he was concerned they might become bound by new restrictions.

Said Mike: “We carry about 30,000 stories a year yet the number of complaints we receive from the Press Complaints Commission are less than a handful.”

He added that sometimes journalists did get it wrong but they were, in the main, conscientious and law-abiding.

The Benn Debate was organised by the National Union of Journalists and was held at the Arnolfini in Bristol at 7.30pm on 16 March.

Also taking part in the debate where Chris Jefferies, who was libelled by several newspapers during the Jo Yeates murder case, and Lord Hunt, the chairman of the Press Complaints Commission.


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  • March 19, 2012 at 11:22 am

    The whole issue with this for me is not whether the press can regulate itself, more that people who have worked in print have a different sense of morality than others. What a newspaper person thinks is in the public interest is blatantly not what always what the public thinks. This, purely and simply, is where my mistrust of the PCC comes from.

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