Paul Dacre had his say at the Society of Editors Conference. Now Max Mosley, the man whose sex life Mr Dacre considers a legitimate topic for newspaper reporting and condemnation, has retaliatedÂ in the Guardian. Does Max have a point?
Yes, but heÂ oversimplifies Dacre's argument.Â MaxÂ ignores theÂ importance of sensation in rendering significant journalism attractive to a mass audience. By doing soÂ heÂ overlooksÂ journalism's roleÂ in the democratic process. He is also guilty of exaggerating the extentÂ to which parliamentary scrutiny has really been applied to the development ofÂ privacy law. Are there anyÂ grounds for optimism? I suspectÂ a majority of MPs on both sides of the House of Commons agree instinctively with Max, but theyÂ may still fear the wrath of the Daily MailÂ enough to be cautious. Let's hope so. Â Â Â