Royal charter may lead to self-censorship

Photo: Shironeko Euro,  Flickr,

Photo: Shironeko Euro, Flickr,

RADIO:

Ministers are being forced to defend the government’s plans to introduce a Royal Press charter for press regulation.  The World Editor’s Forum and World Association of Newspapers have urged PM David Cameron to abandon plans for a new statute-backed ‘recognition body’.  Voice of Russia’s Nima Green reports.

Following the publication of the Leveson Report last year, the three largest parties at Westminster agreed to a Royal Charter to establish a “recognition panel” to oversee press regulation.

However these proposals have faced a storm of criticism from those within the British media, as well as organisations like the Index on Censorship.

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