WHEN popular national newspapers reported clearly contemptuous background on Christopher Jefferies after he was arrested on suspicion of murdering Joanna Yeats in Bristol, UK, I had the job of explaining the transgression to perplexed journalism students.

Every local and regional newspaper journalist I know shook their head at the coverage; if they had flouted the law in that way they would have been out of a job.

Jefferies was completely cleared of any wrongdoing and he successfully sued newspapers for libel.

The Sun and the Daily Mirror were fined for contempt.

I’m sorry but I don’t understand how even more statutory regulation (if that’s what Lord Leveson advises) would have improved that outcome.

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