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Index on Censorship calls for new transparent discussions on press regulation
08 Oct 2013
BY INDEX ON CENSORSHIP

In response to reports that the UK newspaper industry’s Royal Charter proposal will be rejected tomorrow,  Index on Censorship Chief Executive Kirsty Hughes said today:

Unconfirmed reports that the Privy Council will reject the newspaper industry’s royal charter proposal should not mean that the political party proposal for a regulator will be waved through. A truly independent self regulator should not be created by politicians. Now is the time to open transparent discussions with the aim of creating genuine independent self-regulation that will ensure the protection of free speech in the UK.”

Since the start of the Leveson Inquiry into UK press standards, Index has warned that there should be no political interference in determining the characteristics or establishment of a press regulator. Establishing press regulation by Royal Charter could allow politicians to meddle in press regulation and threaten media freedom in the UK.

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