The British government has imposed through a royal charter a new regime of press regulation over the wishes of much of the industry. The BBC reports that under the new system, a panel will be appointed to oversee a regulator of independent and former press members to set standards, adjudicate and arbitrate complaints, order corrections and impose fines on those organizations in the system. The government rejected the bid by a large portion of the industry to create a self-regulatory body. Many media organizations indicate they will not sign on to the new entity, which could leave them with more legal jeopardy. The deputy prime minister, Nick Clegg, calls the concerns about heavy-handedness "hyperbole" and insists no media organization will be required to sign on to the new program under the charter. Meantime, in the phone-hacking trial that begat the inquiry that begat the charter, Reuters reports that three editors have pleaded guilty as more prominent editors stand trial, which has heard of the dog-eat-dog rivalry that begat the scandal.
A new report from University of Southern California suggests Americans will be consuming an average of 15.5 hours of digital media by 2015. Last year consumption grew five per cent to some 13.6 hours daily for a total of 1.46 trillion hours, the Los Angeles Times reports. Five years ago the total was 11 hours daily. A large growth area will be video viewing: 11 hours a month by 2015, up from six hours last year and less than three in 2008.
Earlier this month some women in Saudi Arabia began flouting the law by driving. Now a journalist has been detained following his newspaper commentary in support of the emancipation of women and the particular ban on their driving. Tariq al-Mubarak, writing for the Asharq al-Awsat newspaper, called for an end to the ban and the harassment of those who support women's rights.
SafeSource, based on code developed partly by Aaron Swartz before his recent death, has launched with Forbes in an effort to provide anonymity safely and securely to those who provide tips and other confidential information to journalism organizations. The journalism.co.uk sites notes the messages will travel through thousands of servers with encryption.