A report proposing the toughest regulation for Britain’s newspapers in 300 years has divided the country’s coalition government.
Just hours after Lord Leveson delivered his findings in a 2000-page document, Prime Minister David Cameron rejected one of the key recommendations, the idea of a law to oversee the UK’s press. However, his coalition partner Nick Clegg, supported some form of legal enforcement, as did Labour leader Ed Miliband who backed the report in its entirety.
Set up in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, which would later engulf the police and Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, Leveson called for a new body backed by law to stop the future victims from the worst aspects of the press.
David Sherborne a lawyer representing some of the phone hacking victims said: ‘‘In the face of compelling and often disturbing evidence which my clients gave to the Inquiry about their experiences at the hands of the press over the years, the need for a strong and independent regulator is frankly unarguable. It only remains now for elected politicians to keep their promises and to put aside their personal relationships with proprietors and editors.”
Speaking from London euronews’ ali-sheikholeslami said: ‘Who guards the guardians? The public and the politicians are both very much divided over the next step to better regulate the press. If not handled with care, it can change the way of life in Britain to what may be unimaginable today.’‘
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