Failure of Press Regulation Talks

David Cameron promised that on Monday they would publish plans for tougher press regulator.

According to Campaign group Hacked Off the announcement of the prime minister “shows that he’s still protecting his friends in the press and betraying press abuse victims”.

On Monday, MPs will debate the proposals of Conservatives.

In the words of Mr. Cameron the easiest way for creating the “toughest” regulatory system in the world is the royal charter.

The report of Lord Justice Leveson from November called for a new independent press watchdog underpinned by legislation. Due to the report, the behaviour of nowadays press was “outrageous”.

On a recent conference, Mr. Cameron said that the talks on press reform did not achieve any success. No matter that Cameron has decided to pre-empt them and to pick a fight on his own terms  there is no way that he is not attacked for abandoning the victims. He announced he was fighting for press freedom against such people who want to shackle the press.

Probably the calculations of David Cameron pointed out that he would look like a leader after the Downing Street news conference despite the fact that his own party wondered whether he should move on working this job.

The examples he gave about stressing press treatment were the families of missing girl Madeleine McCann and murdered teenager Milly Dowler mentioning he wanted to prevent such other cases.

“It crosses the Rubicon in terms of endangering press freedoms,” he said.

In his statement, David Cameron said that plans he wanted to put forward were “workable” and most “deliverable”. The way he has chosen was the fastest possible in order to deliver the strong self-regulation body.

Mr. Cameron called other parties to support his proposal or come up with their own ones. On the other hand, he warned them that their plans would probably not work.

“If you establish a system that people don’t take part in you haven’t solved the problem.”

According to the Labour leader Mr. Miliband, Mr Cameron was “making an historic mistake” and this would not be a solution for the victims of press intrusion.

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Campaign Group Publishes Draft Leveson Bill

A group formed by the victims of phone hacking announced the way they see the draft bill that would enshrine in law the Levenson’s report proposals.

In their opinion, due to the pressure from newspaper publishers, the call for an independent press regulation proposed by Lord Justice Levenson, will not materialize.

The parents of the murder victim Milly Dowler and those of the missing Madelaine McCann were also part of this group. They have put a bill drafted by their chairman, Hugh Tomlinson QC, in conjunction with specialist Parliamentary Counsel Daniel Greenberg.

No matter the fact that the report of Levenson has the support of Labour and the Liberal Democrats, Prime Minister David Cameron said he did not agree with the idea of changing the law because of the press regulation. The changes Levenson wants would create a statutory underpinning for the work of a regulatory body for the press so that they will become sure they are able to act against newspapers and achieve the demanded results and freedom of the press.

The group found out that according to the conservative ministers this idea is unnecessary and difficult to happen but with this draft bill they at least managed to demonstrate that their proposals are workable.

The words of the director of Hacked Off, Professor Brian Cathcart, sounded like this:

“The right thing to do now is to implement the judge’s recommendations on press regulation in full and without delay. Our draft Bill – the Leveson Bill – offers a plain and straightforward way of doing that.

“This is not a bill for press regulation as Hacked Off or anyone else would wish it: it is a bill to underpin voluntary press self-regulation in the way Lord Justice Leveson wanted it.”

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