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October 8, 2012

Hacking victims pressurise UK PM on press regulation

Urged him to be open-minded about the proposal of an investigation into media ethics

By CBR Staff Writer

Over 50 phone-hacking victims urged the UK Prime Minister David Cameron not to turn down possible recomendation by Leveson Inquiry to regulate the press through independent body rather consider the proposals with open-mind.

The victims anticipate that the goverment has already decided to reject statutory regulation of the media ahead of Leveson Inquiry’s findings were published.

David Cameron told BBC television that it’s quite clear people have been abused, people’s families and lives have been torn up by press intrusion.

"The status quo is not an option," Cameroon said.

Cameroon continued that he is expecting the recommendations to be sensible though he would not be happy to have state regulation on the press.

Earlier, the PM had directed an extensive investigation of a scandal in 2011 into illegal phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s now-closed reports of the World shocking when it came out that reporters had hacked the phone of a murdered schoolgirl.

Further, the inquiry revealed lack of British newspapers’ existing system of self-regulation and anticipated to recommend a stricter recomendations to assure the victims effective right against press intrusion.

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"We don’t want heavy-handed state intervention. We’ve got to have a free press," Cameron said.

"We all want to put in place a sensible, regulatory system. We’re hoping that Lord Justice Leveson is going to crack this problem for us, but we must let him do his work first."

Cameron is due to meet Hacked Off campaigners during the Conservative party conference to be held during the week.

The report is expected to be published by the end of the year.

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