Since Edmund Burke coined the expression ‘the Fourth Estate’, the media has been seen to play a crucial role in uncovering the truth and holding the powerful to account.

Today, the influence of multinational media empires and the phone hacking scandal have seen the press themselves become the focus of questions about accountability and responsibility. Print journalism faces a crisis of credibility and competitive viability, but also, an opportunity for self-reflection and reform for the twenty-first century.

This panel discussion will bring together media experts, lawyers, and policymakers in order to examine ongoing attempts to devise a new framework for media regulation in the light of the phone-hacking scandal and the competitive pressures of the evolving media landscape.