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Guardian rejects press’s new self-regulation model

Guardian Media Group has decided not to sign up to the model of press regulation proposed by the rest of the industry, saying it would be “futile” while it is opposed by Parliament and victims of past media excesses. Read the full story

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Public backs Government’s version of press regulation

The press’s version of proposed new industry regulation is unwanted by the majority of the public, according to a poll suggesting strong support for the royal charter endorsed by parliament. Read the full story

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Hacked Off letter calls for press reform action

An open letter organised by Hacked Off, signed by the likes of JK Rowling, Christopher Jeffries and Kate and Gerry McCann, has called on culture secretary Maria Miller to push through parliament’s royal charter for press regulation. Read the full story

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Should the government regulate the UK press?

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Words: Seb Murray

The regulation of the British press is a topic of opinion. From the phone-hacking scandal, to David Cameron delaying the implementation of a government-made royal charter on reform, how newspapers in the UK operate has been the center of the media more often than not in the past two years. Read the full story

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Press regulation: Little public support for industry’s royal charter

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A poll commissioned by YouGov shows that only a fifth of the public have confidence in the reforms to press regulation proposed by the media industry, as an alternative to a charter proposed by the government.

A total of 56 per cent of people who took part in the poll have little or no confidence at all in the proposals set out in the press royal charter. But the public are also almost exactly divided (38 per cent to 37 per cent) on whether the government should implement its press reforms, or wait until a deal is reached with newspapers.

The government has put on hold its original plan to enact the royal charter into law on May 15 in order to allow more consolation time with the press. However if the reforms do go ahead, a majority (52 per cent) think newspapers should participate. 28% said they wouldn’t mind either way.

The alternative charter was drawn up by News International, Telegraph Media Group, Associated Newspapers, Trinity Mirror and Express Newspapers.

A total of 73 per cent fear there is a risk that unethical and illegal practices will be repeated if the press royal charter is accepted, as opposed to the one proposed by government. 36 per cent say there is a large risk, 37 per cent a small risk and 8 per cent no real risk.

In its main question, the YouGov poll asks readers: “In March, a new system of press regulation, based on Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, was agreed by the three political parties and by parliament, and was backed by representatives of some of the victims of press abuses.

“A number of major newspaper publishers have said they oppose the new system of regulation and have proposed their own alternative system. How much confidence would you have in the alternative system proposed by newspaper publishers?”

Although only a minority (20 per cent) said they would have a fair amount of confidence, 76 per cent think that a press regulator should be able to  direct a newspaper to print a correction or an apology on the same page as the original story if it reports something incorrectly.

The results by newspaper readership showed that 73 per cent of Times readers would not support the alternative press charter, while 90 per cent of Guardian readers fear that unethical practices would be repeated.

(Sources: MediaStandardsTrust, MediaGuardian)

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Regional papers urge rethink on regulation

Regional newspapers are backing the latest press regulation proposals made by the majority of the national titles. Read the full story

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Press regulation: Newspaper owners launch rival royal charter

A group of newspaper organisations has put forward new proposals for press regulation backed by royal charter in a late bid to prevent statutory legislation. Read the full story

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Press industry reacts to statute-backed regulation

Large swathes of the press industry have responded with dismay at the statute-backed regulation passed by the House of Commons on Monday night. Read the full story

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“Before we all sink into a slough of digital dystopian despair, it might be worth considering this: is this a sign of the strength, not weakness, of revelatory journalism in the digital age?”

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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