U.K. Politicians Push for Prime Minister to Name Press Regulator (Report)
LONDON -- Fed up with prime minister David Cameron's delay in naming a press regulator in the wake of the News Corp. phone hacking scandal, politicians are banding together in an attempt to force his hand.
According to The Guardian, these officials will try to show Cameron that "the majority of MPs back reform" of press laws following the Leveson Inquiry, the official report commissioned after the phone hacking came to light. The three main party leaders are set to meet Tuesday if all-party talks at a lower level continue to fail to secure a breakthrough.
The move stems from a belief that Cameron, who told the press he had "serious misgivings and concerns" about regulating the press in the immediate aftermath of Brian Leveson's recommendations, is under pressure from the newspaper industry to maintain that stance and avoid introducing laws.
Leveson's findings were published after months of hearing evidence from boldfaced names including British prime minister David Cameron; actor Hugh Grant; Harry Potterauthor J.K. Rowling; singer Charlotte Church; former prime minister Tony Blair; News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and his son and deputy COO, James Murdoch.
The report has divided national newspaper editors and news executives alike.
In one corner are the industry figures who want nothing to do with any fresh law that binds the press, and, in the other, are those who would be okay with more laws as long as there are rules to protect against political interference in the system.