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The McCanns are wrong say newspaper chiefs

Bob Satchwell, executive director of the Society of Editors, says the McCanns are wrong to think that the tough new self regulatory regime requires a statute.

No-one – including politicians of all parties, really wants to see that with the inherent long terms dangers, so long as another form of guarantee about the independence of the system is put in place.

"The Leveson principles are not being undermined and the provisions of the strict new system, with fines of up to £1m, demonstrate that the press has not been let off any hooks."

– Bob Satchwell, Society of Editors

He added that Lord Justice Leveson recognised that the "vast majority" of journalists were "blameless", adding: "There are complex practical and legal issues in implementing the new system, but the Leveson pathway will be closely followed.

The McCanns say they don't think new plans to regulate the press suggested by the Leveson Inquiry are tough enough.

Kate McCann: the proposals are a 'compromise of a compromise'

While giving evidence at the Leveson inquiry into press standards last year, Kate McCann said she felt like "climbing into a hole and not coming out", after the News of the World printed her personal diary which she started writing after her daughter disappeared.

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show in BBC Ones this morning, Mrs McCann said:

"What the Government is proposing with this Charter - the charter body is overseen by ministers for a start which again takes away the independence - it is basically a compromise of a compromise.

"Why do the press, the Government, not want to be accountable like everybody else? The press are the first to hold people in authority to account."

– Kate McCann, speaking on the Andrew Marr show in BBC One


Gerry McCann: Leveson's proposals 'not tough enough'

The parent's of Madeleine McCann say they don't think new plans to regulate the press suggested by the Leveson Inquiry are tough enough.

The couple have criticised the Government's plans, saying the Newspapers are getting a last chance at regulating themselves, instead of being held to account by an independent body

Mr McCann told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show:

"I think Leveson has been quite generous to the press and more than the behaviour of some sections of the media deserve really.

"They are getting a last chance at self-regulation which for me was actually a step too far."

He added: "I feel that the press has lost its entitlement to self-regulation over many, many years and I would have liked to have seen statutory regulation, not self-regulation."

– Gerry McCann

McCann's criticise proposed changes to press regulation

Kate & Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared in Portugal in 2007 Credit: PA

Kate & Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing from a holiday apartment in Portugal in 2007, have criticised proposed reforms in the regulation of the press in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry.

The coverage in the newspapers of the four-year-old's disappearance was given by Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into press standards as an example of how stories ran "totally out of control".

Speaking on the Andrew Marr show on BBC One this morning, Mr and Mrs McCann said plans for a new press regulator backed by a Royal Charter do not do enough to hold the press to account, describing it as "a compromise of a compromise".

More than 60,000 sign Hacked Off petition

More than sixty thousand people have now signed an online petition calling for the Leveson recommendations on press regulation to be implemented in full.

The petition was launched yesterday by the father of Madeleine McCann from Leicestershire. The Prime Minister says he's opposed to a press watchdog backed by law. Victims of phone hacking victims, including 7/7 hero Paul Dadge from Staffordshire, say they feel they have been let down.

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Calls for changes in the law after Leveson report

Gerry McCann has called on the Prime Minister to change his mind and give his backing for a new law to underpin the recommendations of the Leveson report.

The father of the missing Leicestershire schoolgirl has launched a petition in support of the victims of press intrusion.

David Cameron says parliament should resist bringing in a law **to regulate the press but political opponents including his own deputy Nick Clegg disagree.


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Gerry McCann gives support to petition for changes following Leveson report

Gerry McCann is giving his backing to the launch of a petition to put pressure on the authorities to implement the recommendations in the Leveson report.

Mr McCann and other victims of press intrusion say the proposals for a tough independent regulator to be underpinned by legislation should be implemented in full.

It follows the Prime Minister's statement in the Commons yesterday that he had 'misgivings' about introducing a new law .

Gerry McCann urges PM to 'do the right thing'

The father of missing Madeleine McCann said legal backing for any new system was the "minimum acceptable compromise for me and for many other victims" and urged the Prime Minister to "do the right thing".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I would have liked to have seen a properly independent regulation of the press, whereas I think he has given the press another opportunity of self-regulation."

It should be made compulsory and measures put in place make journalists more accountable, he said.

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last year. Credit: PA

He added: "But I do accept that full implementation of Lord (Justice) Leveson's report is the minimum acceptable compromise for me and I think for many other victims who have suffered at the hands of the press.

"The Prime Minister and our other elected politicians have an opportunity now to do the right thing. And if they do the right thing, for the public, then it will help restore a little confidence.

"I clearly respect his opinion but I personally disagree with the viewpoint and Lord (Justice) Leveson, as a senior law judge of our country, has made clear that what he is proposing is not a state-run press.

"It is a fine distinction but without the statutory underpinning this system will not work."

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