‘The UK’s proposed royal charter on press freedom undermines parliament’ | T. Treuherz- openDemocracy

‘The UK’s proposed royal charter on press freedom undermines parliament’ | T. Treuherz- openDemocracy

There is something of an irony in the government’s decision to use the device of a royal charter to establish a body that will run a press complaints system. The belief is that a royal charter somehow makes the regulator more robust and independent of government than an Act of Parliament. The entirely laudable justification is that the government doesn’t want to restrict the freedom of the press, but the irony is that in order to preserve a free press, the government is not making law through parliament but is using a completely undemocratic device – a royal charter, made by the Queen on the advice of the Privy Council.

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