Quentin Letts in the Daily Mail on the appearance of the editor of Private Eye before the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions: "Westminster hates newspapers and wants to regulate them. The expenses scandals of both Houses of Misrule remain a sore subject. They were mentioned by Private Eye’s Ian Hislop. Utter silence fell. It was as though a spaniel had just let slip an eggy one."
The Independent in a leader: "As the Leveson Inquiry into hacking gets underway, and each new revelation of the scale of the practice stokes public fury at gutter journalism, it is as well to remember that not all News of the World investigations involved targeting the phones of celebrities and murdered teenagers. The cricket spot-fixing story is a much-needed reminder that investigative journalism, done properly, is a force for good."
Roy Greenslade in the London Evening Standard on the Leveson Inquiry: "What concerns me is whether we really need Leveson to achieve the mending of our ways. Let's be honest: there would not be an inquiry if the Prime Minister had not been personally embroiled in the affair by having hired ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson to be his communications chief. It meant that David Cameron found himself on the back foot on July 4 when it was revealed Milly Dowler's phone messages had been intercepted. Two days after, as the shock wave reverberated throughout the media and political elite, with Labour MPs in the ascendancy, Cameron announced the convening of the inquiry.Standing back from the hysteria of those days, it can now be viewed for what it was - a political fix to get an embarrassed Cameron off the hook."
Brian Cathcart on the HackedOff website about the Mail's coverage of Hugh Grant: "The Mail’s great broadside against Grant has nothing to do with morality and nothing to do with the perils of fatherhood outside wedlock. It is simply an act of intimidation. The actor has been a prominent critic of privacy intrusion by the press and the Mail has chosen to make an example of him. It is saying to any prominent person who challenges the press: if you speak out, this is what we will do to you."
Columnist Eamonn McCann in Press Gazette: "A columnist who is any good will eventually be sacked."
The MailOnline's most shocking teaser yet: 'How I stole my husband's sperm in the middle of the night by Liz Jones'.
Richard Desmond on Paul Dacre and the Press Complaints Commission in the Guardian: "I'm not sitting there with Dacre. Dacre goes out slagging me off; he can go fuck himself. I'm not worried about statutory regulation. I'm regulated by Ofcom for TV. I'm happy with that."