Cameron is right: A government commission that oversees the press will result in the press becoming lapdogs to government.
As for wiretapping victims going unavenged: Doesn't the UK have laws against surreptitious wiretapping? Such laws could be used to prosecute the perpetrators without requiring government oversight of the press.
Yes, and we're seeing prosecutions. I think the larger problem is that the press was systematically using such methods, not truly in the public interest, but to break juicy gossip. I think it's hard to imagine from a US perspective, but the US doesn't really have a press which acts like that.
Leveson's proposal, I should emphasize, is absolutely not government oversight. That would be worth opposing. He's proposing independent oversight, to be established by statute, which is rather different. David Cameron is proposing voluntary self-regulation -- which we've had for years, and manifestly hasn't worked.
If the abuse is systematic, then throwing enough miscreants in prison should solve the problem.
And the problem with a statutory, independent oversight board is that it would likely promote corporate journalism at the expense of independent practitioners. We saw something like that in the US, where bloggers had difficulty getting accreditation as journalists, based on the prejudice that journalists workd in print, TV, or radio, or at least had offices and corporate paychecks.
EU operators are considering joining up to create a pan-European network to reduce competitive overbuild and cost. This might lower costs and focus operators on higher-level, more interesting services.
The new Network Functions Virtualization (NFV) initiative of operators is being run out of Europe's ETSI and not here in the United States, even though the issues have been here for five years. The US needs to step up; otherwise, it's surrendering leadership.
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