Privy Council rejects self-regulation

Privy Council rejects self-regulation

The British government has given UK newspaper publishers three days to agree to its press regulation proposition, after its plans for self-regulation were thrown out by the Privy Council.

Culture secretary Maria Miller said in an official statement to MPs in the House of Commons that the government had rejected self-regulation because they lacked sufficient independence.

Ms Miller said the industry’s plans did not comply with some of the “fundamental principles” of the Leveson report, including those on independence and access to arbitration.

“The proposals we are discussing are all about redress for the public,” she said.

“But it’s also about retaining freedom of the press which we all value so highly.”

The government-backed proposals for a new press regulator will be put forward for approval to a special meeting of the Privy Council on October 30.

Miller said all parties will work together in the next few days to agree a number of changes to the text agreed in March and produce a final draft of the cross-party charter by Friday.

The current government plans call for a regulator independent of any former editors serving on a ‘recognition panel’, which decides whether newspapers were being regulated properly.

The government-backed proposal also ensures the regulation has the power to demand corrections and apologies, and impose fines of £1 million.

A final draft of the plans will be revealed on Friday.

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