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- Daily Telegraph: We can now add David Cameron’s name to the defenders of press freedom. It’s a lonely and unpopular cause, but seems to have just acquired its single most important champion.
- Daily Mail: A rotten day for freedom: Yes, he got some things right. But to whitewash the politicians and the police while demanding the Press be shackled betrays dismaying naivety. Worse, it is a tragic blow to liberty and the public's right to know
Sarah Baxter editor of The Sunday Times Magazine has told Daybreak that the victims of the phone hacking scandal "are not the people who make the laws of this land."
She added: "They have had their say. They were listened to really respectively [and] they will [now] be treated with respect."
Lord Black of Brentwood, who was a key figure in drawing up proposals for enhanced self-regulation, says Lord Justice Leveson's proposals are "profoundly dangerous" and would put a state regulator "at the very heart of the newsroom".
Lord Black, the executive director of Telegraph, told the House of Lords the press would "rise energetically" to the challenge set by Leveson of toughening up regulation.
But he added:
The sweeping changes proposed in the Leveson report have united rival newspapers who are against Lord Justice Leveson's key idea. The Editor of the Independent told ITV News the outcome could have been harsher and others have questioned the idea that the broadcasting watchdog should oversee them.
Our UK Editor, Lucy Manning reports.
Prime Minister David Cameron voiced his "serious concerns and misgivings" about legislative action. But Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said Leveson's model could be "proportionate and workable". Read more about divisions in the coalition.
There is an emerging division in the coalition over the issue of having a statutory under-pinning for a system of press regulation.
Here is what Lord Justice Leveson says on the matter:
The Metropolitan Police Service has called Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry a "healthy and valuable process" and has welcomed its findings.
The statement also pointed out that Leveson "accepted" the Met's reasons for closing the original 2006 phone-hacking investigation
The chairman of the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) Lord Hunt has said the press must "hit the ground" to reform its practices.
He said he was still not persuaded that underpinning the regulatory system by a statute is the right move.
The press must be set a deadline to implement Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations, according to campaign group Hacked Off.
The group, which represents victims of press intrusion, said the Leveson report proposals were "reasonable and proportionate" and should be implemented as soon as possible.
Former Crimewatch presenter and police officer Jacqui Hames, a victim of phone hacking, read out a statement on behalf of Hacked Off.
She said: "The judge had rightly condemned this outrageous conduct of the press in the recent years.
"The crucial point is the importance he places on the complete independence of regulation from politicians and from the editors and proprietors, who run the wholly discredited PCC.
"He has proposed a system of voluntary and independent self-regulation.
"The proposals made by the industry do not come close to this ideal.
"What is needed is a regulator which can properly and effectively protect the victims of press misconduct.
"He has recommended that this be backed by legislation to protect the public and the press.
"These proposals are reasonable and proportionate and we call on all parties to get together to implement them as soon as possible.
"The press must be given a deadline, the inquiry is over, now is the time for action."
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Lord Justice Leveson says a genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation is needed.
First snapshot of Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.