Judge’s Report: The British Press has ignored Code of Conduct on many Occasions


London (CNN) — The British press should be regulated by an independent group supported by law and with the power to fine, a judge recommended Thursday in a long-awaited report sparked by a phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid.

Judge Brian Leveson said he was not recommending that Parliament set up a press regulator, but that the industry should create its own, which would be backed by legislation to make sure it meets certain standards of independence and effectiveness.

“The legislation would not establish a body to regulate the press; it would be up to the press to come forward with their own body,” he told reporters in London.

Prime Minister David Cameron, who asked the judge to prepare the report, told Parliament after its release that he agreed with Leveson’s recommendations for a new strong, independent regulator for the press.

He said the onus was now on the press to implement the report’s recommendations, “and implement them radically.”

But Cameron said he was not convinced legislation was needed to underpin the new system — and that he had serious concerns about taking that approach.

At the same time, the prime minister said the “status quo is not an option” and that the victims of press abuses had “suffered in a way that we can barely begin to imagine.”

His remarks will be followed by a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who leads the Liberal Democrats, which governs with Cameron’s Conservatives as a coalition.

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