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Leveson Report calls for new body to curb press "excesses"

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Leveson Report calls for new body to curb press "excesses"

In Britain Lord Leveson has released the results of his nine-month inquiry into the British newspaper industry.

The senior judge has called for a new independent body to regulate the press, to prevent a repeat of the excesses which led to the phone hacking scandal.

He said that parliament would in no way regulate British papers.

The report did not find any evidence that corruption is a widespread problem with relation to the police, but did note that relations between the press and politicians have been to close.

The Leveson Inquiry was ordered by British Prime Minister David Cameron primarily due to public outrage at Rupert Murdoch’s now defunct tabloid, the News of the World, whose staff routinely hacked into phones, including that of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

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