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Leveson shake-up; You Say

I AM writing in regard to the Liverpool ECHO editorial entitled Preserve our free Press (November 30).

Firstly I'm heartened that the editorial appears to be listening to the debate in regard to the main issue in the Leveson report, i.e. whether the new Independent Press Regulator should be underpinned by legislation from the House of Commons, but it needs to be stressed, legislative underpinning is not statutory regulation, which nobody wants, including the main political parties.

The editorial states "but just as there must be a resounding condemnation of those despicable journalists responsible for despicable deeds, there must be a resounding recognition of the difference between the sick minority and the healthy majority".

". And then again states, "and we again stress that the outrageous behaviour which COULD you please those involved with 'Christmas Party' at the Hotel on November 27. Simon Joyce and officers, wardens, the hotel staff, and local councillor Louise please take a well deserved the back.

Leveson rightly highlighted cannot be used to tar all newspapers." Have a great one and all, you are very appreciated by the community serve.Bernie Hunt, Kensington " The inference of these two statements is that legislative underpinning of the new Independent Press Regulator will affect the freedom of the press, especially the majority of quality national and local newspapers with corresponding high journalistic standards. In my view this will not be the case, and the Leveson Inquiry gave a lot of time and effort to making sure that this would not happen.

The fact must be faced, the present voluntary Code of Conduct has been cynically flouted, even though I accept by a minority of newspapers, and has therefore not worked, and needs to be replaced.

John Volleamere, Tuebrook
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Title Annotation:Letters
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Dec 7, 2012
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