Worse than useless
Former Journalist editor Tim Gopsill hit the nail on the head when he told the May London Freelance Branch meeting that the current Press Complaints Commission (PCC) actually makes things worse than anything the NUJ has proposed (June Freelance). As Tim said, the Commission defends editors from criticism and removes editors from having to deal with the public.
Both the Commission and the previous Press Council decline to deal with the two biggest sources of complaints: claims made in leader columns; and refusal by editors to print readers' letters.
Most editors of Murdoch titles were not consulted over the company's predictable opposition to changes proposed by the Leveson Inquiry - yet both they and the Commission are strangely silent over the fact that all UK-produced titles sold in the Republic of Ireland are subject to the very rules they claim they are against!