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In a democracy, media organizations and the journalists who work in them are accountable to their audience and to wider society in various ways.

They are accountable to the law courts, for example, if they libel someone or commit contempt of court.

In Britain, the Office of Communications (Ofcom) has responsibility for the statutory regulation of the broadcast sector. Its scope includes programme quality and ethics.

Journalists in the BBC, a public service broadcaster, are accountable to the BBC Board of Governors. The BBC itself is accountable, in some respects, to Ofcom and ultimately, despite structural safeguards to protect its day-to-day independence, to the British Government under the terms of the BBC Agreement.

The British Press (the newspaper and magazine section) is not accountable to any statutory regulator ...

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