Statement by Hacked Off: Relieved by rejection of wrecking charter; alarmed by fresh delay to cross-party royal charter


Responding to reports that the PressBoF royal charter put forward by sections of the newspaper industry has been rejected by ministers, while decisions about the cross-party royal charter for press self-regulation have been delayed until 30th October, a spokesman for Hacked Off said:
“Victims of press abuse will be relieved to hear that, at long last, the obstacle placed in the way of the cross-party royal charter has been removed. The PressBoF proposal was a wrecking manouevre by unrepentant sections of the press trying to avoid accountability and carry on with a broken system of press regulation. 
“Notwithstanding that, we are alarmed to hear that the Prime Minister now seems prepared to risk the breakdown of the cross-party agreement by once again delaying the approval of the Leveson royal charter. Ten months after the publication of the Leveson Report and seven months after all parties in parliament endorsed its recommendations in a Royal Charter, there can be no legitimate excuse for yet another delay. 
“Every day that the process is stalled is another day when the public will not have adequate protection from press abuses, and every day gives further encouragement to the big newspaper companies that were condemned in the Leveson Report for wreaking havoc in the lives of innocent people. 
“The public and the victims of press abuses will rightly judge very harshly any politician who seeks to accommodate the interests of press proprietors at the expense of the public, as has happened so many times in the past. We are asking the Prime Minister to meet urgently with victims of press abuse to explain what grounds could possibly justify further delay.”


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October 8, 2013 at 4:15 am

Presumably Cameron wants to delay the Royal Charter until after the next election in order to win the support of Murdoch and Dacre – prioritising his own interests over those of all the innocent victims of press abuses. As Ed Miliband recently pointed out, Cameron is strong at standing up to the weak, but weak at standing up to the strong.

james robertsonreply
October 8, 2013 at 6:11 am

Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down

Andrew Barkerreply
October 8, 2013 at 8:18 am

The press are complaining about the costs of the arbitration process. Most reputable (non-press) organisations have effective internal mechanisms for dealing with customer complaints.

However the press rely on an external regulator to, largely, deal with complaints. This makes complaint resolution very expensive. If the press were really concerned about the high cost of regulation they would have put in place effective systems of internal governance and complaint resolution. This would have reduced the cost of regulation and improved their status with the public.

This shortsightedness on behalf of the press hss led to the situation they are in today. I have no sympathy with those elements of the press that have made no effort internally to reduce the cost of regulation.

Keith Milesreply
October 9, 2013 at 1:59 am

Cameron is running scared as he knows his best mate Rupert Murdoch and The Mail plus other newspapers owner will not back him in 2015 . Thats on top of UKIP demolishing the Tory Party membership

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