Friday 9 December 2016

Clifford's undoing tops a good week for a free press

While Hugh Grant may be Hacked Off, the new press charter is a sensible one

Published 04/05/2014 | 02:30

Publicist Max Clifford, arriving at Southwark Crown Court where he is to be sentenced for a string of indecent assaults
Publicist Max Clifford, arriving at Southwark Crown Court where he is to be sentenced for a string of indecent assaults

It's been a good week for the British press. As a result of their war on the last culture secretary, Maria Miller, and her disastrously grudging apology for overdoing it on the expenses front, she lost her job. She had brought in the Royal Charter on press regulation that no newspaper will sign up to: her successor, Sajid Javid, has turned out to be an enthusiastic supporter of a free press.

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Giving a green light to the recently-created IPSO (Independent Press Standards Organisation) which most of the industry is happy with, he said: "It is now a decision for the press what they want to do next. I don't see any further role for government in this."

To the delight of those sections of the press who believe politicians are on a vengeful mission to destroy, he added that "our press is the best in the world. It is fearless without favour".

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