Sunday 18 February 2018

Colum Kenny: Irish watchdog gave Leveson a blueprint for change in Britain

IT looks like an Irish solution to an English problem. When all is said and done about Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into press standards in Britain, the controversial report that he published points towards the creation of an independent UK regulator along the lines of the current Irish Press Council.

Leveson has been digging dirt on the British press for months, as a parade of celebrities including Hugh Grant and Charlotte Church complained that their privacy was violated by tabloids.

But it was allegations about intrusion into the private grief of families of dead British soldiers, of civilian victims of terrorist bombings and of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler that really set the inquiry cat among media pigeons.

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