Perils of regulation

In Britain, the political fallout from the report has seen the Labour party and the Liberal Democrats unified in supporting legislative underpinning, while the British Prime Minister David Cameron has, to his credit, refused to "cross the Rubicon". It ought to be possible for the broad scheme of independent regulation advanced in the report to be implemented without statutory backing. It now falls to the newspaper industry to urgently reach a consensus and deliver a model of independent regulation that can assuage the public. The cause of upholding the principle of freedom of the press — whether in Britain or elsewhere — deserves no less.

The writer is a London-based lawyer,

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