Royal Charter On Press Regulation Prompts Papers To Seek Legal Advice

Several prominent UK newspapers announced they are against the plans of a Royal Charter on press regulation.

Early on Monday representatives for Labour the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats managed to reach an agreement to hammer out the charter.

Despite the fact that David Cameron promised that if the changes happen the press regulator would not be backed by statutory underpinning, some in the press do believe that such step would probably affect the free speech.

A joint statement of the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International appeared claiming that magazine and newspaper members were not invited at the negotiations in which the deal was struck.

A group representing the UK newspapers shared their view that due to the Charter smaller newspapers will probably be hit by large fines and compensation claims so they will not have the needed freedom to publish.

“Lord Justice Leveson found that the UK’s local media had nothing to do with the phone hacking scandal which prompted the Inquiry,” NS president Adrian Jeakings said. “Indeed, he praised regional and local newspapers for their important social and democratic role and recommended that the regulatory model proposed should not provide an added burden to our sector.”

According to Kirsty Hughes, the Index on Censorship CEO, Royal Charter’s clause would affect bloggers as their freedom of speech would also be limited.

In a statement Ms Hughes said that blogs would be regulated under the new law.

However, last night Downing Street announced that bloggers will not be covered by this regulator.

The editor of the Independent, Chris Blackhurst, said: “Ideally we would not want any new regulatory system at all, but that was never going to happen. This isn’t perfect but neither is it terrible.

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