Press regulator Ipso is expected to come under pressure to investigate allegations that the Daily Telegraph allowed commercial pressures to dictate editorial coverage, at a parliamentary hearing on Tuesday.
The culture, media and sport select committee is expected to discuss allegations made by Peter Oborne and echoed by other journalists that the Barclay brothers-owned newspaper refused to run stories about HSBC, when Sir Alan Moses, chair of Ipso, gives evidence.
Paul Farrelly MP, a former journalist and member of the media select committee, said: “This is all about press standards and Ipso needs to take it seriously … It’s high time that the board take a fresh look at the code in the interests of upholding press standards and backing good journalists such as Peter Oborne.”
Look, freedom of the press doesn’t just mean that you can run any story you want. It also means you don’t have to run any story you want. For whatever reason.
If the Telegraph wants to shovel its reputation onto a bonfire so be it. Fuck all to do with politicians.