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Leveson: Editors 'Will Sign Up To New Deal'
Editors will agree to a stronger code of conduct without the need for statutory legislation, David Hunt, the chairman of the soon-to-be-scrapped Press Complaints Commission has told Sky News.
Lord Justice Leveson was wrong to say such a move was needed to persuade editors to join a new system, Lord Hunt said.
"He doesn't think they will sign; I do. I have spoken to 120 publishers speaking on behalf of 2,000 editors. They have all told me they will sign up," he said on the Murnaghan show.
He wanted five-year rolling contracts to ensure publications could not "walk away" from a new regime, he added.
Earlier, a key aide to Lord Justice Leveson claimed the press reform laws he had called for would be illegal and might breach the Human Rights Act.
Shami Chakrabarti, one of six advisers who worked with the judge on the inquiry, told the Mail On Sunday she could not support legislation because it would "coerce" newspapers into holding higher standards than anyone else, which would be unlawful.
Ms Chakrabarti,the director of civil rights group Liberty, warned that Lord Justice Leveson's proposal for an independent regulatory body backed up in law could have "serious unintended consequences".
"In a democracy, regulation of the press and imposing standards on it must be voluntary. A compulsory statute to regulate media ethics in the way the report suggests would violate the Act, and I cannot support it," she said.
In contrast, actor and Hacked Off member Hugh Grant, said the findings of the report should be implemented, arguing that Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations were "mild" and said Mr Cameron's position was "very close to disgraceful".
"We thought the report was intelligent and clever but at the mild end of what everyone hoped for," Grant told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.
"We thought the upside of it being mild was that there was no way the Prime Minister can't endorse this, this is something that can get through."
He spoke of his "astonishment" at Mr Cameron's "betrayal" by declaring there was no need for statutory underpinning. Reforms "simply won't work without it", he said.
David Cameron has said he has "serious concerns and misgivings" about legislative action, but the PM is facing continuing pressure from victims of press intrusion, the public and other party leaders to implement the findings.
More than 100,000 members of the public have signed a petition organised by Hacked Off, calling for the recommendations to be implemented in full.
what do you think?
That rather silly woman fails to grasp the big picture. She does not fight for under-priviliged, or the immigrant population, she fights for her own publicity. The minute you hear someone championing the Human Rights Act in this country, you know they do not represent the views of the sane majority. It is a pity the act cannot be renamed to 'Taking the Urine Act.'
SHE always as plenty to say !!!!
Too true Paul and much of it is not worth listening to
She tries to face both ways at the same time. Outraged initially at the intrusion into peoples lives by the press and when proposals are put forward to try and rectify this she supports the newspapers. Talk about two faced
she's not taking sides, that's for sure
If you repeal the HRA you put your trust in the Government, the Law and our MPs to treat in a fair and reasonable manner. Only a fool would do that. repeal the Act and you may live to regret it.
Gary W Beard
You can only have freedom of the press when you have integrity of the press. None of our current newspaper proprietors are trustworthy in this respect. The press should be legally regulated until such time they can prove themselves worthy defenders of freedom and not the underhand, ill-disciplined, corrupt, self-serving law breakers that currently dominate their ranks.
what about the human rights of those people phones who were hacked .dont thier human rights count we all know the papers write anything true or not ..bet them at thier own game STOP buying papers !! show them we mean business.
.People its in your hands dont buy trashy newspapers that intrude on celebrities private lies.Of course we need to be informed of world news and any dangers to our society. I like to read about the glamorous things in life. But then i have a life.Any news obtained by hackers should warrant a prison sentence. I ran a shop and many really A celebs came to buy. Twenty years ago i was offered 200 pounds by a journalist to phone him when a very famous film star came in I told him to fly off.
It does not matter what the newspapers sign into without teeth it wont protect people from there lies and tricks. The best solution is to stop buying the rubbish they produce.