A cartoon about press regulation or media corruption.
And possibly about government and business interference with the media.
The headline on the newspaper reads “Who reports on the reporters?”
Should the press be self regulating or should they be controlled? And by whom?
In a police state, press control would be a bad thing – but what about in a democracy?
The cartoon may be used to illustrate the Lord Justice Leveson inquiry into the press which is investigating media activity (especially linked to phone hacking).
The cartoon shows a person looking out through a panel in a newspaper. The meaning is meant to be slightly ambiguous. Is he on the inside or the outside of the press? He looks a bit like a spy. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
Are the regulators good or bad? It depends on the country or regime under which they operate.