Political interference 'not an issue it's an excuse'

The director of the Hacked Off campaign has said the prospect of future political interference in press regulation is "not an issue - it's an excuse".

Brian Cathcart said on Sky News that with or without the proposed Royal Charter Parliament has the ability to control the press.

If Parliament chose by a simple majority tomorrow to pass a bill that said it could ban any newspaper it like whenever it liked, it could do that. We live in a country without a constitution, so Parliament is completely free to do that.

– Brian Cathcart, Director of the Hacked Off campaign

Cathcart argued that the proposed charter has "a protection that other measures in our legal arrangements don't have".

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