JOURNALISM is a profession based on trust. The quality of our national debate and discourse is directly related to the integrity and reliability of our news media. Vigilant journalism helps to prevent the erosion of civil liberties and provides significant benefits for wider society.
Much of the recent public discussion about journalism – including the evidence given to the Leveson Inquiry [into Press standards] – has tended to focus on press regulation. But it is important that the many concerns about the future of serious journalism in the UK should not simply be reduced to a new regulatory imperative for newspapers.