But when society’s watchdog shies away from holding itself to account it thereby creates a very potent form of unaccountable power. Anything that concentrates power in the hands of fewer and fewer multibillionaire proprietors – whether corporations or individuals –
will impoverish our society. That much has always been understood by anyone who has ever looked at the behaviour, standards, control and ethics of the press and it’s why Leveson must say something strong on the issue, even if he cannot get into the detail.
The current plurality framework – which apparently granted no one the power to intervene over the BSkyB deal – is plainly insufficient to ensure the kind of plurality that is necessary for a healthy democracy. Just look at Australia.
Published on Dec 8, 2013