Leveson not drawn on regulation

Lord Justice Leveson has refused to be drawn on the row over press regulation, as he appeared in front of a Lords committee. The newspaper industry's proposals for a royal charter were rejected by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

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Hacked Off welcomes 'long overdue' rejection

Hacked Off, the group campaigning for a free and accountable press, welcomed the "long overdue" rejection of the press' proposal for a Royal Charter.

The group's director, Brian Cathcart, said it was "regrettable" that further changes would be made to the cross-party charter and added that he would be watching closely to ensure there was no "dilution" of the Leveson recommendations.

Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart speaking after Maria Miller's statement to MPs. Credit: ITV News

Asked what would happen if the press decide to go it alone, he said: "If that happens we end up with another Press Complaints Commission, another failed non-regulator, we end up with more abuses and scandals.

"I'm afraid we'll all be back here again if that happens ... and in between there will have been more unfortunate victims of press abuses."

Privy Council 'unable to recommend press proposal'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs the Privy Council was unable to recommend the newspaper industry's proposal for a Royal Charter be granted.

Ms Miller said in a statement to the House of Commons:

Whilst there are areas whereit is acceptable, it is unable to comply with some fundamental Leveson principles and Government policy, such as independence and access to arbitration.

In the light of this, we will be taking forward the cross-party charter which was debated in this House.

The cross-party charter will be on the agenda at a "specially convened meeting of the Privy Council" on October 30, she added.

Press regulation 'must be workable and effective'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs the final charter for press regulation must be "workable and effective".

Ms Miller said in a statement to the House of Commons: "We have a responsibility Mr Speaker to make sure that what we do here will be effective, that it will stand the test of time, so we need to make it the best it can be.

"We have a once in a generation opportunity to get it right, and I think we all here today want to do that.


PM: 'Agreement across Govt' on press regulation

Prime Minister David Cameron said there is "agreement across Government" on press regulation.

Speaking during a visit to Northampton, Mr Cameron said: "We want a good system of independent self-regulation and a Royal Charter put in place for a recognition body to make sure that everything is done properly.

"Maria Miller will be making a statement in the House about it this afternoon and I'm confident we'll have all this in place in good time."

FT: Press regulation decision 'delayed to reach deal'

Plans to draw up a new system of regulation for the press have been delayed until the end of this month, according to the Financial Times (£).

It reports that the delay is to enable a compromise deal to be reached between parliament and the newspaper industry.

There have been reports that the industry's plans for regulation are to be rejected by the Privy Council.

The Culture Secretary Maria Miller is expected to make a statement on the issue this afternoon at 4.30pm.

Kavanagh: 'Political control over press a bridge too far'

The Associate Editor of The Sun Trevor Kavanagh has accused politicians of taking the press to the "brink of political control", a move he claims is a "bridge too far".

The final decision to reject the newspaper industry's plans for regulation is expected to be announced by Culture Secretary Maria Miller in the Commons later today.

Mr Kavanagh insisted three centuries of press freedom needed to be protected, before suggesting that a future government may decide the press is too free and enforce further restrictions and regulation.

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