Leveson report: Cameron warns against harming free press

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Leveson report: Cameron warns against harming free press

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An inquiry into the British newspaper industry has recommended tougher self-regulation underpinned by law.

The far-reaching report by Lord Justice Leveson, was sparked by a shocking invasion of privacy into peoples lives which came to light through the phone hacking scandal.

It also looked at concerns over police taking bribes from newspapers for information – which he found wasn’t widespread – and overly close relations between politicians and the press.

“This has damaged the public interest, caused real hardship and, on occasion, wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people,” Lord Leveson said.

However, British Prime Minister David Cameron, who ordered the inquiry, disagreed with some of Leveson’s conclusions, and urged caution:

“For the first time we would have crossed the Rubicon of writing elements of press regulation into the law of the land. We should I believe be wary of any legislation that has the potential to infringe free speech and the free press.”