25 Nov 2012

Cameron 'open minded' on Leveson report

3:05 pm on 25 November 2012

Downing Street saysBritish Prime Minister David Cameron is keeping an open mind about the future of press regulation ahead of this week's release of Lord Justice Leveson's report.

The report follows the first part of the inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

Mr Cameron set up the inquiry in July last year after revelations that the News of the World had commissioned a private detective to hack murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone in 2002.

One option may be full-blown, state regulation of media standards.

Or there could be a tougher model of self-regulation to replace the Press Complaints Commission reports AAP.

Victims of press intrusion are calling for an independent regulator, backed up by law, while editors fear that statutory regulation could serve only to limit press freedom.