United Kingdom

U.K. Press Regulation Advocates Reject Compromise

It's censorship or nothing


Hacked Off, the lobbying group representing victims of press abuse, has declined to participate in compromise talks designed to end the impasse between newspapers and victims over future regulation of the press.

The move increases the risks the industry will not join a new self-regulatory body, as most newspapers have refused to back cross-party proposals for press regulation, the only scheme supported by victims, without some amendments.

Speaking at a Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing on regulation of the press, Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, revealed that some newspapers had discussed appointing Lord Grade, the former BBC chairman, to mediate over press regulation.