EXPERTS have warned that the government’s plans to regulate the press could be unworkable due to the ambiguous phrasing of the proposed Royal Charter, the threat of news outlets refusing to comply with new regulation and the prospect of political interference.
As soon as David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg unveiled the plan critics pointed out doubts over which publications were included, while newspaper groups raised the possibility of a boycott.
Niri Shan at law firm Taylor Wessing said: “[The plans] mean that if successive governments do not like the way the system is working, it can intervene.
“There is a real prospect that some newspapers will simply not comply. This may not be the end of the battle over the Royal Charter but just the beginning,” he added.
Leo Watkins, a media commentator at Enders Analysis, said that despite the focus on newspapers, the wording of the proposals was unclear. “[Lobby group] Hacked Off was confident social media and bloggers would be excluded, but unless there are further changes to the proposal to come, they aren’t.”