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The Spectator: our answer is 'still no'

The Spectator has repeated its verdict on whether to sign up to the government's proposed press regulation, in response to the Royal Charter's final draft.

"Still no" was the updated headline displayed by Editor Fraser Nelson while speaking to Sky News.

What's at stake here is a principle - the principle of a free press, and the idea that politicians should not be involved at all in how the press is regulated

– Fraser Nelson, Editor of The Spectator


Labour: we must have 'no press boycott'

Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman have urged the press to sign up to the proposed Royal Charter on self-regulation.

Both Ed Miliband and Harriet Harman have urged newspapers to sign up to the charter. Credit: PA

Miliband told ITV News Tyne Tees the system would protect both the freedom of the press and the privacy of ordinary familes.

And Harman insisted that "we must have no press boycott. We need a press which is robust and free which holds those in power to account but which does not wreak havoc on the lives of innocent people.”

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".


Royal Charter: many publishers 'may go it alone'

A leading journalist has predicted that many publishers will refuse to sign up to the Royal Charter, should it be put into force.

Speaking to Sky News, The Independent's Chris Blackhurst said that although he doesn't speak for the rest of the industry he expects the "larger" businesses to reject the charter.

I'm afraid I think we're reaching a situation where the larger groups will go it alone.

– Chris Blackhurst, Former Editor of The Independent

Speaking for The Independent and the Evening Standard, Blackhurst said "there's very little of this that we can object to, but our problem is we don't really want to be on our own".

Miller: Royal Charter 'final draft' may not be final

Maria Miller has said the final draft of the Royal Charter on press regulation could still be changed.

The Culture Secretary said that although it is a final draft, if other changes are proposed by politicians then they may be looked at.

Maria Miller defended the Royal Charter on Radio 4's PM. Credit: PA

Miller also defended the "lock" imposed on the charter, meaning a two-thirds vote is required to change it once it is in force.

She said that "without that lock it would be liable to be tinkered with".

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