Politicians, the Press and Lobbying
Journal of Media Law (2013)
23 Pages Posted: 21 Mar 2014
Date Written: September 20, 2013
The Leveson Report highlighted the extent to which newspapers have lobbied government in relation to media policy, and put forward proposals to make government/media relations more transparent. This article considers whether media lobbying poses any specific concerns in a democracy. In addressing this question, it draws a comparison with political finance and also asks whether lobbying relationships can undermine the watchdog function of the press. The article goes on to consider whether the transparency rules are an effective measure in tackling these concerns, or whether other types of control may be necessary.
Keywords: lobbying, press, media, transparency, leveson
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