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Newspapers seek legal advice over press regulation

By James Barnes

19 March 2013 at 11:46 BST

Several British newspapers are reportedly taking 'high-level legal advice' after a deal was struck to establish a new press watchdog under a royal charter backed by legislation.

Newspapers question new regulations

The publishers of the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Star and the Daily Express said they would wait to make a decision on whether they will co-operate with the new regulations, according to a BBC report.

Reform campaign

The newspapers’ chief claim is that they were not represented at a meeting between the three main political parties at which the deal was agreed, despite press reform campaigners being present.
A joint statement signed by Associated Newspapers, News International, the Telegraph Media group and Northern & Shell  claimed that not only were representatives of the newspaper and magazine industry not involved, they did not even have any knowledge that the meeting was taking place.


The new system is set to replace the much-maligned Press Complaints Commission (PCC) following Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into press ethics.


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