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Regulation – why should it be one rule for the press?

Political stings and welcome verdicts have given Fleet Street a pleasing few days, but it doesn’t detract from the case against self-regulation

Fleet Street was feeling pretty pleased with itself at the weekend. Four Sun journalists had been found not guilty of bribing public officials after mounting a public interest defence that impressed the jury. Good. The Sunday Times won an important point in an appeal against a former Tory treasurer in a cash-for-access case. Excellent. Among other attacks on the political class, the press (the Sun again) made allegations of EU expenses fraud involving a Ukip MEP. Well done.

That’s what the press is for, as it keeps reminding its readers in its self-satisfied way. But let’s not get carried away, lads, as sections of the press are busy doing. “A victory for freedom,” thundered the Daily Mail in a tendentious double-page spread after the four acquittals. Behind its paywall, the Sun was understandably thrilled. Monday’s Guardian editorial is more measured.

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