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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Newspaper Editors Throw Weight behind Majority of Leveson Proposals

After a meeting last Wednesday editors of leading national newspapers said they will give their backing to most of the proposals of the Leveson enquiry.

They promised to support 40 out of the 47 proposals put forward by Lord Leveson concerning the creation of a new press regulator.

Some of the suggestions are about giving the regulator the authority to impose fines of up to £1m and the establishment of a low-cost tribunal system for libel and privacy claims.

Unfortunately it turned out that newspapers object the creation of law for the new regulatory body to operate under. Another thing they also baulked was the suggestion of employing Ofcom, or some other body, to control the new regulator.

In David Cameron’s words he was also unwilling to change the law. If Downing Street manages to formulate a non-statutory solution on the control of the regulator, it will later appear in the newspaper.

The Independent Editor Chris Blackhurst said while speaking on BBC Radio 4, that they “pretty much agreed to all” of the recommendations in Leveson’s report.

He said it seemed to him pretty strange and surprising that the rival editors agreed to co-operate:

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my time as a journalist. We are all used to the sort of annual fisticuffs at press awards, and all the shouting matches, and we all hate each other.”

The other guests at the meeting, held at breakfast at the Delaunay restaurant on the Aldwych road, were Alan Rusbridger from the Guardian, Dominic Mohan from the Sun, Tony Gallagher from the Daily Telegraph, Lloyd Embley from the Mirror, Lionel Barber from the Financial Times, and Sarah Sands from the Evening Standard.

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