Press Regulation Deal

March 18, 2013 by  

Press Regulation Deal, A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on regulating the press in England and Wales after the phone-hacking scandal.

An independent regulator will be set up by royal charter, but views vary over whether it would be underpinned by law.

Labour leader Ed Miliband and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said this would be the case, but the prime minister denied it.

Press reform campaign group Hacked Off has welcomed the deal.

Prime Minister David Cameron is to apply for an emergency debate in the House of Commons later.

The overhaul of press regulation began after it emerged that journalists had hacked thousands of phones.

Lord Justice Leveson’s subsequent inquiry into press ethics called for a new, independent regulator backed by legislation designed to assess whether it is doing its job properly, which prompted months of political wrangling.

The Liberal Democrats and Labour wanted a royal charter – a formal document used to set up bodies such as universities and the BBC – backed by legislation, while Mr Cameron supported a royal charter without a law.

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