British Prime Minister David Cameron has told the Leveson inquiry into the ethics of the UK’s unruly press that the government and media is “too close”.
A year after setting up the investigation, Cameron was pressured to answered accusations of a too cosy relationship with media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
Describing a parallel, deep distrust between government and the press, he blamed the media’s constant need for exclusive scoops.
“I think newspapers have moved more towards trying to find impact, trying to find an angle on a story, rather than – as would have been the case before 24 hour news and all the rest of it – just reporting on what had happened the day before. So I think there’s been a change but I think that’s quite a lot to do with technology and the development of media.”
Cameron said he welcome the opportunity to “reset” relations.
His apparent willingness to court Murdoch’s newspapers came under scrutiny following the resignation of his communications chief Andrew Coulson, who was editor of the News of the World during the years of a much publicised phone hacking scandal.
The Leveson inquiry is likely to decide that Britain’s newspapers – which are also accused of paying off police sources – need more than a voluntary code of regulation.