Saturday, September 2

The Press Complaints Commision

The "Qanagate" affair, which we have posted detail of on this blog, has died down and attention moves elsewhere – that is the way of the world.

However, as any old campaigner will tell you, that is when the work really starts. Publishing the details and stoking up huge – and entirely justified – outrage at the behaviour of the media is one thing but, on its own, it means very little.

Nothing has actually changed and, in fact, all we have seen, publicly at least, is the newspapers and agencies harden their positions and go into denial.Furthermore, in the final analysis, nothing will change until and unless the players are forced into admitting they were wrong and are then forced to make changes.

A campaign to achieve change takes on the aspect of trench warfare, pushing, probing and skirmishing, without any great dramatic breakthroughs which will grab the headlines.To that effect, Dr Richard North prepared our report and, at the beginning of this week, submitted a formal complaint to the Press Complaints Commission.

Yesterday Dr North received a response which confirms that he has passed the first hurdle – the complaint has qualified for acceptance and the Commission has agreed to "look at it".The complaint itself is directed at four newspapers, The Independent, the Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Daily Mail, but the Commission has indicated that it will, as requested, "widen the investigation" if it considers it necessary.

This blog will keep will keep readers informed of developments.

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