Sat, Dec 01, 2012 - Page 7 News List

Cameron resists calls to restrict press

DILEMMA:Britain’s prime minister said that while he backed the creation of a newspaper regulator, he feared that new laws risked curbing press freedom

AFP, LONDON

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.

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