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U.K. Press Regulation a Result of Censorship Advocates Exploiting a Scandal

The control freaks only need an opening


After the publication of his voluminous report demanding a new press regulator backed by law, many wondered how Lord Justice Leveson managed to churn out 2,000 pages and almost a million words in such a relatively short time. A rather shorter book—Everybody's Hacked Off: Why We Don't Have the Press We Deserve and What To Do About It, by Brian Cathcart—provides at least part of the answer. Like many a famous author whose name appears on the cover these days, it appears that Leveson had the help of a ghost writer. In his case, it was Cathcart, professor of journalism at Kingston University and co-founder of the tabloid-bashing Hacked Off campaign.