Paul Dacre, the former editor of the Daily Mail, has pulled out of the running for the top job at Ofcom.
He made the announcement on Friday, just one week after 90,000 of you signed the petition telling Boris Johnson that Dacre had no business being the chair of the media regulator. We also warned the Government that if they forced Dacre into the role through a rigged appointment process, we’d take legal action.
According to press reports, the Government was adamant Dacre should hold the role, despite him failing the interview the first time round. They wanted an ally running the media regulator.
The reason why Ofcom must remain independent of the Government is the same reason the media must remain independent of the Government: neither can do their job if they are in the Government’s pocket.
Forcing Dacre to pull out of the running is a big win. It proves that together we can push back against the Government’s habit of shoe-horning allies into top public sector jobs.
With your support, we will continue to do so.
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