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Newspapers resist final draft of press regulation charter

The final draft of the proposal includes a small fee for those taking a newspaper to arbitration. Photo: PA

The final draft of the government's Royal Charter on press regulation has been met with renewed criticism by the press.

Almost one year on from the publication of Lord Leveson's report, the three main political parties have agreed on their proposals for regulation.

Spectator Editor Fraser Nelson said the paper's views were unchanged on the proposals for a Royal Charter.

The final draft has been described as "a step in the right direction" by Chris Blackhurst of The Independent.

But whether the majority of papers will sign up to it is in doubt, with The Spectator reiterating its message: "still no".

ITV News Political Correspondent Romilly Weeks reports:

The key changes proposed in the final draft include:

  • Editors having more say on the standards code
  • A small fee if a member of the public wants to take a newspaper to arbitration (a way of resolving disputes out of court)
  • Local newspapers being able to opt out of arbitration altogether