New press regulator will "deliver all the key Leveson recommendations"

A new press regulator is to be formed, according to the Guardian, despite controversy over the powers of such a body.

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), a name first revealed by City A.M. has been announced by papers including Murdoch's News UK group and others.

"The Independent Press Standards Organisation will be a complete break with the past, and will deliver all the key Leveson recommendations," the publishers said in a joint statement.

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In a statement issued on behalf of the press industry, it declared that Ipso would have powers to impose fines of up to £1m and ensure that corrections and adjudications were published "whether editors like it or not".

(The Guardian)

Mick Hume, author of "There is No Such Thing as a Free Press" has written for City A.M. before, arguing that any form of regulation of the press is a step too far:

The threat is more insidious: that the shadow of state intervention leaves us with a more conformist, tamer and sanitised press. The mission of the Leveson Inquiry has been to purge the press of everything that is perceived as tasteless. A conformist culture of “you can’t say THAT” is the biggest threat to press freedom after Leveson, whatever new system of regulation is finally agreed.

Too many in this debate have accepted the myth that the UK press has been too free to run wild. The truth is that the press is neither free nor open enough, even before a new regulator is appointed to wash its mouth out.

(Full article)

The threat is more insidious: that the shadow of state intervention leaves us with a more conformist, tamer and sanitised press. The mission of the Leveson Inquiry has been to purge the press of everything that is perceived as tasteless. A conformist culture of “you can’t say THAT” is the biggest threat to press freedom after Leveson, whatever new system of regulation is finally agreed.

Too many in this debate have accepted the myth that the UK press has been too free to run wild. The truth is that the press is neither free nor open enough, even before a new regulator is appointed to wash its mouth out.

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