Private Eye editor to give evidence on press standards

May 4, 2009 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

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Ian Hislop, the TV celebrity and editor of satirical magazine Private Eye, is to appear before a House of Commons committee on Tuesday.

Mr Hislop will be before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee as they conduct hearings into Press Standards, Privacy and Libel.

Also appearing at the committeee evidence session, which is open to the public, are Colin Myler, editor of the News of the World, and Alan Rusbridger, editor of The Guardian.

Last month Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail, gave evidence to the committee in which he attacked “rapacious and greedy” law firms who take advantage of Conditional Fee Agreements (CFAs) to impose “obscene” costs on newspapers who lose libel cases.

He pointed to the “chilling effect” this could have on some newspapers who may be unwilling to risk bankruptcy by fighting libel actions and in any case judges were not well placed to decide which stories were justified in the public interest.

Mr Dacre said: “What interests the public is by and large in the public interest.”

Click here for more information on the Culture committee.

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