The British press should be regulated by an independent group supported by law and with the power to fine, a judge recommended Thursday in a long-awaited report sparked by a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.
Judge Brian Leveson said he was not recommending that Parliament set up a press regulator, but that the industry should create its own, which would be backed by legislation to make sure it meets certain standards of independence and effectiveness.
Prime Minister David Cameron, who asked the judge to prepare the report, told Parliament after its release that he agrees with Leveson’s recommendations for a new, strong, independent press regulator.
He said the onus is now on the press to implement the report’s recommendations, “and implement them radically.”
And Cameron is the “conservative” candidate.
I don’t care how many times they put the word “independent” in front of the new commission’s name. It won’t be.