Anne Harris: Respect for Press Council, which is certainly not 'toothless', really is in the public interest
The Irish Press Council is most apt forum for serving the public interest and privacy – and the British seem to agree, writes Anne Harris
On January 11 last, a strange thing happened in a forum which is strange to us. The House of Lords in England debated the role of the Press Council in Ireland.
And then an even stranger thing happened: one Lord quoted an editorial from this newspaper.
"On the week after the Deputy Prime Minister's speech [on press regulation]," said Lord Bew, the Sunday Independent noted 'The confluence of separate recent controversies around varied issues and the increasing regular private litigation against journalists has facilitated the evolution of a subtle frost over how freely we can speak'."