The managing editor of The Sun, Richard Caseby, has launched a stinging attack on the government-sponsored Royal Charter, accusing it of being "draconian" and "bodged together".
An earlier deal for state regulation was bodged together by politicians and the pressure group Hacked Off at a secret late night meeting. The Prime Minister was asleep in his bed at the time.
This was not the independent, self regulation recommended by the Leveson Inquiry. It was rushed; it was draconian; it was it was a mess; and it is being condemned by commentators the world over.
– Richard caseby, managing editor of the sun
It meant that the state would ultimately have the final say in what newspapers write, and it went further.
It basically blackmailed publishers into joining up because it threatened them with punitive damaged which could easily put them out of business.