Leveson recommendations 'cannot be characterised as statutory regulation'

Lord Justice Leveson's report into press standards has been published. Credit: PA Wire

Lord Justice Leveson said in his report: "It is essential that there should be legislation to underpin the independent self-regulatory system and facilitate its recognition in legal processes.

"The legislation would not establish a body to regulate the press; it would be up to the press to come forward with their own body that meets the criteria laid down.

"The legislation would not give any right to Parliament, to Government, or to any regulatory (or other) body to prevent newspapers from publishing any material whatsoever.

"This is not, and cannot be characterised as, statutory regulation of the press. What is proposed here is independent regulation of press organised by the press with a statutory verification process."