Call for independent UK press regulator

2012-11-29 16:02

London — A senior British judge says the country needs a new, independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behaviour that infected segments of the country's press.

Lord Justice Brian Leveson says a new regulatory body should be established in law to prevent more people being hurt by "press behaviour that, at times, can only be described as outrageous".

Leveson reported on Thursday at the end of a yearlong ethics inquiry triggered by revelations of tabloid phone hacking.

His proposals will likely be welcomed by victims of press intrusion and some politicians who want to see the country's voracious press reined in. But some editors and lawmakers fear any new regulator could curtail freedom of the press.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-11-29 17:24

    The Media Appeals Tribunal!

      ian.flack2 - 2012-11-29 18:12

      Not exactly, he suggests that it is independant and that senior editors and politicians are excluded from it, and any policy making bodies. The South African press and, inparticular, the South African Government would do well to read the report, and the summary that he made today........

  • masupa.tsela - 2012-11-29 18:57

    Methought UK has matured and now have thick skin! How wrong we can be. We see big guys crying outrageous reporting. Imagine us small boys here in Mzansi. Will keep my ear on the ground!

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