Fraser Nelson: Spectator Won’t Abide By Statutory Regulation

In a leader in this week’s Spectator the editor pledges to go to jail rather than abide by statutory press regulation:

If the press agrees a new form of self-regulation, perhaps contractually binding this time, we will happily take part. But we would not sign up to anything enforced by government. If such a group is constituted we will not attend its meetings, pay its fines nor heed its menaces. We would still obey the (other) laws of the land. But to join any scheme which subordinates press to parliament would be a betrayal of what this paper has stood for since its inception in 1828.

If Cameron caves in to Leveson it looks like Fraser Nelson could be following in the Spectator tradition. Like his columnist Taki before him, he could be on his way to Pentonville…


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