The Spectator's No
I'm certainly pretty clear that I think the press is too monstrously arrogant and out of control to avoid external regulation. My previous two posts, and the links therein, bear this out. The screeching noise from the media itself has added over the last couple of days to the impression of arrogance. Nevertheless, the argument against regulation can still be made in a reasoned way, and the Spectator this week has attempted to do just that. I'm not convinced the Spectator would be likely to fall foul of the new demands for press integrity contained in the proposed legislation, but despite its tastelessly tabloid-style cover this week, editor Fraser Nelson presents the case against the Charter, blogging his conclusions here, which seems to encompass his fear of a threat to the freedom of online expression too. The main article is in the magazine's print edition.