Those powers would be backed by new laws, he said. He summed up his plans as “independent regulation of the press organized by the press, with a statutory verification process.”
Newspapers yesterday mostly praised Cameron’s stance and warned against statutory curbs.
“He is right to warn of the risks of statutory intervention in newspapers. The government must take care not to suffocate the free press by trying to sanitize it,” the Financial Times said.
“What is to stop MPs [members of parliament] amending it now and in the future so that it no longer resembles the benign legislative vehicle envisaged by the judge?” the Daily Telegraph asked.