The press and society
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The freedom of the press is not inscribed on tablets as it is in the American constitution; it exists by consensus, and the freedom British newspapers enjoy and for which journalists fought over the centuries has to be guarded by editors, by political parties and by the people who care about these matters. It was guarded until 1990 by the Press Council, the voluntary regulating body for the industry, in whose constitution this duty was spelt out, and which has been mentioned a number of times in these pages (but see pages 165-70).