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British Politics and the Media – Self Regulation of the British Press

The newspaper industry has been largely unregulated. Apart from censorship during the war, the State has not sought to control content.

A Press Complaints Commission was set up to investigate abuses in reporting but its code has been voluntary and it has generally been seen as a weak body with little power.

The phone hacking scandal and the Leveson Inquiry, set up to investigate it, may mark a new regime of regulation.

See our sections on the Leveson Inquiry for more.