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.”

 

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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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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