Cameron is fast asleep on free speech

Our politics reporter James Waterson:

PM spokesman on passing law to give parliament control over press in Royal Charter: "What this does is enshrine a non-legislative approach."

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 18, 2013

Cameron was "kept in close touch during negotiations" over press reg deal. PMOS won't deny he was asleep when Letwin chose to give in.

— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 18, 2013

Brendan O'Neill on the Royal Charter as a non-legislative approach:

Like Leveson, Cameron calls for an hilariously oxymoronic system of “independent self-regulation”, not seeming to realise that, if regulation of the press is independent of the press, it isn’t self-regulation.

And the appointments panel that would decide who sits on Cameron’s “independent self-regulatory body” would “contain a substantial majority of members who are demonstrably independent of the press”. That is, the press would be overseen by outsiders; by, one imagines, those civil-society do-gooders who love wrapping things in red tape.

(Full article)