Journalism is Now Under the Licensing Spotlight

In the months after the phone hacking scandal involving the News of the World and their internal phone hacking employee it has emerged that journalism is now under the spotlight for consideration of licensing. This should come as no surprise as private investigators have been scrutinised over the past few months in the wake of the scandal.

As we write this there is a major debate taking place on Radio 2 which featured the views of a former The Sun newspaper editor who was against the move. In all honesty if genuine private investigators are coming under scrutiny becuase of the illegitimate actions of rogue operators then why should the instigators of the scandal not be reviewed?

As with the private investigator industry it remains to be seen what action is taken with regards to regulation for journalists, one thing is for certain; the phone hacking scandal after shocks are going to be in the public domain and under the spotlight for some time to come.