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Leveson: Newspapers seek legal challenge to regulation proposals

A newspaper group is to challenge the Government's latest proposals for press regulation in the courts, after seeing its own proposals rejected earlier in October, reports the BBC.

The newspaper industry has been carefully watching how the Government proposals for greater press regulation are to be implemented, ever since the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics reported in November 2012.

The Inquiry recommended for the first time in over 300 years that the press be subjected to regulation by parliamentary statute, a move that the press wholeheartedly rejected as generating a dangerous precedent for state interference with free speech.

The Government has subsequently stated that any new regulatory body was likely to be created by Royal Charter; however, the newspapers are still concerned with the structure and power of any new regulatory body.

Earlier in October the press submitted their own proposals for a new regulatory regime, but these were dismissed by the Privy Council, the body charged with putting together the new regulatory proposals.

Now an organisation called Pressbof, which funds the current Press Complaints Commission, is set to seek a judicial review of the Privy Council's decision to dismiss their proposals - claiming that the Privy Council's decision-making process was unfair because the press was not consulted.

"The Government and the Privy Council should have applied the most rigorous standards of consultation and examination of the Royal Charter proposed by the industry," said Lord Black, Pressbof's chairman and executive director of the Telegraph Media Group.

The press is continuing to work towards creating its own regulatory system, details of which are set to be published later today.