There is no doubt that reform of the press is coming (your report, 15 March), but it is paramount that the freedom of the press to publish information that is in the public interest is preserved.
There should be no question of politicians being able to interfere with what papers publish, otherwise issues such as the Commons and Lords expenses’ scandals would have been kept under wraps.
There is no dispute that some journalists grossly overstepped the mark amid the claims of telephone hacking and they should rightly be subject to the full force of the criminal and civil laws. It was also evident that some so-called “celebrities” are quite happy to use the press when it suits them but complain when they are on the receiving end.
Indeed, it is surprising that journalists bothered hacking into the phones of some of these nonentities. Any politicians who wish the press to be put in a legal straitjacket should be viewed with suspicion and as a threat to democracy.
It IS good to see in the Scotsman (your report, 15 March) that First Minister Alex Salmond’s control freakery is alive and well. We have been told by him where we can and cannot smoke, what we will have to pay for a drink, what we can and cannot eat, and now it seems we are to be told what we can read.
Welcome to the Democratic People’s Republic of Scotland.
CHARLES JH BROWN