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Politicians strike deal over UK press regulation
Associated Press ^ | Mar. 18, 2013 8:24 PM EDT | Raphael Satter

Posted on 03/19/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai

British politicians struck a last-minute deal on press regulation Monday, unveiling new rules that aim to curb the worst abuses of the country’s scandal-ridden media.

The deal agreed upon by all three major parties came on the same day a lawyer announced in court that there could potentially be hundreds more hacking victims of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Victims’ groups had lobbied for an independent watchdog whose powers are rooted in legislation, while media groups had opposed any potential press law, saying it threatens press freedom.

After months of political wrangling, the new deal is a complicated compromise. Politicians touted it as a victory, but critics are skeptical—and many uncertainties still remain about whether Britain’s newspapers are willing to cooperate with it. …

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: eussr; liberalagenda; pressregulation; tories

1 posted on 03/19/2013 9:19:07 AM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

It’s never good policy to restrict what the media
say about politicians....

2 posted on 03/19/2013 12:07:38 PM PDT by CondorFlight (I)
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To: CondorFlight

No, but the press hasnt behaved themselves, and they should remember that whilst they bleat about this decision. They caused their own problems.

3 posted on 03/19/2013 4:44:55 PM PDT by the scotsman (i)
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