Divided opinion on inquiry report

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MEMBERS of the public on Sheffield’s streets were divided in their reaction to the publication of Lord Leveson’s report.

Some favoured even stronger regulation - but others felt that Parliament should not be allowed to shackle journalists. A number of people said the issue was irrelevant to ‘day-to-day lives’.

One man, who was unhappy about press coverage of a relative’s death, said: “I care very much. I think there is no justification for the press to write about other people’s business - matters should be private. Change should be made so the general public is protected and I think the press should be more careful about what it thinks is a story.”

Dave Parkin, an administration worker, of Millhouses, said: “I can see a case for stronger powers against the press but a lot of what was done in terms of phone hacking was against the law and prosecutions are now being made to enforce it.”

One woman, who did not wish to be named, said: “I think the red tops should definitely be curtailed in terms of not being able to intrude on private conversations but I think too much money has been spent on the Leveson investigation which could have been spent on other things.

“It may be that the MPs are using it to get their revenge for the exposure of their expenses claims.”

John Robinson, of Conisbrough, added: “I think the press should be allowed to continue in a totally independent way. I don’t want bent politicians in charge of the press so they could control what stories make the news.”

Lee Rippon, 25, from Chesterfield, said: “I think some newspapers overstepped the mark but I am pleased Leveson has not included statutory regulation because I think it is important to have a free press which can properly scrutinise the way the country is run.

“More laws could inhibit the media’s ability to properly-investigate stories.”

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