Regulating the press is a slippery slope
THE Leveson report has really put the cat among the pigeons, and will certainly stimulate lots of debate on the subject of freedom of the press.
This freedom, like many freedoms, is surely a part of democracy, and although certain newspapers have been guilty of unforgivable sins, particularly in the case of the McCanns and Milly Dowler, all newspapers and reporters are not tarred with the same brush, for example the Herald.
To regulate the press could result in a slippery slope and God forbid that the EU regulators get their heads into our affairs, which could happen in the future.
Punish the wrong-doers by all means, and make apologies on the front page, but I believe we should all have principles about judgement when it comes to people like the McCanns, who were virtually 'guilty' according to certain newspapers, before they had any views of their own. Despicable behaviour.
Celebs are used to the limelight, but comments on them are also near the knuckle.
Let us all be sensible and sensitive to the barbs which once delivered cannot be retracted. The press is part of democracy surely.