Report calls for tougher self-regulation

The British press had “wreaked havoc” on the lives of people, concludes an inquiry that was created by the British government to look into the ethics and practices of the British news media. BBC reported that the inquiry is calling for statutory regulation, a recommendation that has divided the coalition government of Prime Minister David Cameron. The proposed new body to regulate the press should be backed by legislation, according to Appeal Court judge Lord Justice Leveson, who headed the inquiry. The inquiry was prompted by scandals that exposed British tabloids’ illegal activities such as hacking phones to obtain sensational stories.

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