ENPA, which represents publishers of newspapers and news media in Europe – including our own newspapers ion the UK – has published a document, “10 action points”, which underlines the major issues likely to affect newspapers, in print and online, in the coming years.
The document was introduced in a speech to members of the European parliament in Brussels by a leading ENPA member, Lord (Guy) Black, who is executive director of the Telegraph Mediua Group.
He referred to freedom of expression being “a very delicate commodity” that was facing a twin threat. First, in the form “a direct assault on self regulation and the imposition of formal legal controls on the press.”
Second, “by stealth, through the accumulation of often well-meaning regulations or apparently harmless red tape or by the slow cutting away of copyright protection.”
Black, a noted supporter of the new regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), scorned “the so-called royal charter on press regulation”, which Britain’s parliament set up in order to underpin regulation in the wake of the Leveson inquiry.
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