As Lord Justice Leveson recommends a tougher form of press regulation in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, MM took to the streets to find out Mancunians’ views.
Is this the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fix the problem? Will David Cameron’s decision to reject the recommendations lead to another press scandal in the future?
Opinion has been divided across the country. Victims of hacking have backed the proposals for regulation underpinned by legislation but others have said they don’t go far enough.
We took to the streets of Manchester to ask:
Does the press have enough freedom?
Not sure: 22%
Sally Duffy, 50, Primark Sales Assistant, said: “I think the press is very constrained, they should be allowed to tell the truth. We want to know the truth after all.”
Her views were supported by a 20-year-old student London called Billy Gordon-Orr.
“This is really an issue of freedom of speech,” he said. “No one forces people to read the articles and no one is forced to talk to journalists.”
He added: “I admit that the phone hacking was just too far, but overall I really do believe the press has very little freedom.”
Chris O’Hara, 61, from Fallowfields said: “There should be greater laws against phone hacking and punishments for the people that did it, but I do not want the press to be muzzled.”
Sharon Wilson, a Property Manager from South Manchester said: “I don’t think they have got enough freedom but they shouldn’t be sensationalist about the facts.”
However, Paul Wood another Property Manager from South Manchester disagreed and felt the press had gotten out of control.
“They just don’t seem to be liable for what they say,” he said. “It’s like they can print anything they want.”