Poll Suggests Public Favour Government Press Regulation Plans

Due to a poll of YouGov the public likes more the idea about the government’s royal charter on press regulation compared to the alternative plan put forward by the industry.

About a half of those asked, answered they would give their support for the parliament-backed charter. The percentage of those who claimed they would rather back up the press’s proposals was only 13%.

The decision on press regulation is still not taken but 68% of people shared that in case newspaper publishers establish the new press regulation they would definitely not trust them.

Almost half of the people have said that if the press were able to implement their own model it would probably repeat the old cases with the well-documented unethical and illegal practices that took place.

People were also discontented with the time taken to put any system in place.

There were many hearings in 2011 and 2012 after the Leveson Inquiry was conducted through a series of public hearings in.

According to Lord Leveson the Press Complaints Commission needed to be replaced by a new body with fresh powers.

Certain sectors of the press did not like the recommendation, thinking it would have a chilling effect on free speech.By the way do you know about our free legal documents?

Director of the Media Standards Trust Martin Moore said: “This poll shows that the public are in favour of tougher press regulation and have little faith in the system being proposed by publishers. They back the parliamentary charter, and want it to be implemented as soon as possible.”

 

Parties Quarrelling over Press Regulation Deal

The three main political parties made a deal on the regulation of the press.  The final decision is that there needs to be an independent regulator by royal charter.

David Cameron is about to apply for an emergency debate soon.

The whole problem started when journalists were revealed to have hacked thousands of phones.

In the opinion of Lord Justice Leveson, press needed a new, independent regulator backed by legislation.

The deal which was struck on Monday defined that there was almost no way for a royal charter to be changed. The only way this happens is if it meets requirements stated within specific charters for amendments.

In announcement Mr. Cameron said:”What we wanted to avoid, and we have avoided, is a press law,”
“Nowhere will it say what this body is, what it does, what it can’t do, what the press can and can’t do. That, quite rightly, is being kept out of Parliament. So, no statutory underpinning but a safeguard that says politicians can’t in future fiddle with this arrangement.”

Mr. Miliband mentioned that in near future royal charter would stop ministers influence the press.

In the powers of the new regulator will be included the opportunity to impose fines and force a newspaper to issue corrections and apologies.

In the words of Mr. Clegg he was more than delighted on this cross-party agreement.

“We’ve secured the cherished principle of freedom of the press, which is incredibly important in our democracy, but also given innocent people the reassurance that we won’t be unjustifiably bullied or intimidated by powerful interests in the press without having proper recourse when that happens.”

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Royal Character for the New Press Regulator

The Conservatives are proposed to set out plans for new press regulator.

There was a proposal by Lord Justice Leveson that a new system be underpinned by statute but the Prime Minister David Cameron rejected it.

A “recognition body” is expected to be set up in order to observe if the new press regulator works in the way it has to.

After the recent phone-hacking scandal Lord Justice Levenson wrote a report in which he talked about an independent self-regulatory watchdog for the press.

The Liberal Democrats supported that plan.

David Cameron, on the other hand, said a bill is not needed so that it sets up the new regime but that the Conservatives should admit that royal charter is the best way for backing of any new press regulator.

These royal characters are documents establishing the terms of organizations and the only way they could be changed is with the approval of the government.

According to the correspondent of BBC, Torin Douglas, the Conservatives do consider this legislation as neither necessary nor desirable.

But Labour said that a royal charter could put too much power in government hands.

The director of the campaign group, Brian Cathcart, said he had not quite well examined the details but he believed that Mr. Cameron had “compromised” with the press.

At a conference in Westminster he said: “Our firm view is that it (the Royal Charter) has to be completely Leveson compliant and utterly crystal clear. On that we had no reassurance from the prime minister.

“The prime minister was not reassuring about the idea that this body would be appointed in a transparent and independent way. He was not reassuring on the legal status of this charter. He gave us no encouragement to believe it would have underpinning in statute.”

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