This week was the first of Leveson Module 4.  The first witnesses were Lords Black and Hunt, setting out their proposal for regulation without statutory intervention.  A number of commentators have found their Lordships “philosophical” opposition to statute hard to follow.  In the “Guardian” Dan Sabbagh asked whether it was wise for all concerned to try and dodge a Leveson bill.  Brian Cathcart argued that Lord Black was appealing to our instinct to say “I just don’t trust politicians” but went to ask “do we trust the editors and proprietors of the national papers any more? Look at their record”. Continue reading