Hacked Off: Regulation proposals are ‘weak’

The Hacked Off campaign has told David Cameron his proposed press regulation plans are weaker than the current Press Complaints Commission.

In a meeting with the prime minister ahead of his announcement proposing a Royal Charter to oversee independent press regulation, Evan Harris, associate director of the organisation, said the government’s plans were “the weakest forms of self-regulation anywhere to oversee one of the presses capable of the worst excesses”.

Harris claims that Cameron’s proposals represent a step back from what he promised during the Leveson inquiry. “Cameron set himself a test of meeting the wishes of the victims. These proposals do not meet that test.”

Hacked Off believes the lack of statute support means the proposed system could be dismantled by a single minister, as opposed to a majority parliament decision.

(Source: MediaGuardian)




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Charlie Beckett, director of POLIS at the London School of Economics, reacts to news that the UK government forced the Guardian into destroying hard drives that contained information leaked by Edward Snowden.

(Source: POLIS)


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