Tuesday 27 October 2009

Jan Moir: Petition calls for PCC to be axed

A petition on the Number 10 website is calling for the Press Complaints Commission to be scrapped in the wake of the row over Jan Moir's article on Stephen Gately in the Daily Mail.
The petition, backed by more than 1,600 signatures, says: "Following the article in the Daily Mail on Friday 16th October by Jan Moir in relation to the death of Stephen Gately, the PCC received over 21,000 complaints; however the chairman the Code committee for the PCC is currently the editor of the Daily Mail Paul Dacre.
"As the formula one boss Max Mosley said when giving evidence to the culture, media and sport committee at the House of Commons "It's like putting the mafia in charge of the local police station. You can't let them regulate themselves."
"The PCC was weakened by preferential treatment to the newspaper industry and it lacked sufficient powers to appropriately deal with cases. The government needs to abolish the current PCC and re launch the committee as a public body so the public can have faith in the PCC once again."

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