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Clive Soley's Bill for independent statutory press regulation will have its Third Reading on Friday. But the Government, putting the last touches to its own White Paper, will be unlikely to let it proceed any further. Nevertheless, the Labour MP was in bullish form at a luncheon of the Media Society on Monday. The overwhelming concern that ordinary people had about the press was not privacy, but accuracy, he said. And he asked his fellow speaker Peter Preston, editor of the Guardian, how he could advocate self-regulation for the press while arguing in leading articles for independent regulation of the police. Preston, in turn, claimed that he could not think of a single recent factual inaccuracy in the press that had not been followed by a prominent correction. Examples from those who disagree on a postcard to Farringdon, not City, Road please.
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