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As the hacking scandal engulfed Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and started to lap around other titles, an important issue was swept into the background: the future of press self-regulation. This is carried out by the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), a newspaper-funded body.

The issue seemed to have been decided by David Cameron when he set up an inquiry into the ethics and standards of the media. The inquiry will run alongside a judicial investigation of phone hacking and illegal payments to police. “The Press Complaints Commission has failed. In this case, the hacking case, frankly it was pretty…

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