The inquiry (summary from The Guardian here) produced four volumes and a range of observations and recommendations that have met quick rejection in some quarters and disparagement in others.
Among the recommendations:
- An independent regulatory body for the press, detached from editors, government and business, with a role to promote high standards and impose sanctions.
- A whistle-blowing service for journalists who feel they are being asked to do unethical things.
- Incentives for organizations to join the regulatory body and direct regulation if they don't.
- An arbitration system for those who seek media redress without having to resort to the courts.
- Legislation to enshrine the government's role in protecting freedom of the press.
The inquiry did not find widespread police corruption intersecting with media practices, but was critical of the relationship some politicians had with journalists. It was critical, too, of media practices in the invasion of privacy and