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State control may not be the answer

In press regulation, the many may be penalised for the sins of the few, says Trevor Barnes

YOU do not have to be a professor of mass communication and media studies to know the difference in newspaper terms between what is in the public interest, and what interests the public. Probably most of us have flicked surreptitiously through to page five of, let us say, the Daily Mail, to get more details on that celebrity story trailed tantalisingly in 36-point bold type on its front page. Editors know this. And we (or most of us) fall for it every time.


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