In the days ahead Britain will have a clear sense of the direction of press regulation in the country. The Guardian is reporting that the three political parties attempting to craft a royal charter on the matter are ready to make some concessions to the news industry to accommodate some of its concerns. Further, any subsequent changes to the charter will require strong support of both the industry self-regulatory body and two-thirds of the MPs in the House of Commons and a similar level of support in the House of Lords.
Glenn Greenwald, writing in (but soon departing from) The Guardian, argues that journalists are under-attending to the latest developments in the surveillance revelations, specifically on the responses by European leaders to information they and their citizens have been under surveillance by the National Security Agency. Greenwald argues that, if they're so concerned, they should be offering Edward Snowden asylum for revealing the information. He says it is now impossible for Barack Obama to suggest this widespread surveillance is all about anti-terrorism.
A reporter in China, arrested last week following his stories on a partly-state-owned construction machinery company's financial problems, has confessed on state TV to inaccurate and damaging journalism. Agence France Presse says Chen Yongzhou's admission was treated as less than sincere.