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Maria Miller tells BBC's Andrew Marr that Royal Charter could become redundant
BASINGSTOKE MP Maria Miller has said the new Royal Charter regulating the press could become “redundant” just days after it received Royal assent.
The Royal Charter, approved by The Queen last week after months of political wrangling, sets up a new press watchdog, but according to the Culture Secretary it may not be necessary.
Speaking on BBC1’s Andrew Marr Show on Sunday, she said the Press could avoid regulation under the Royal Charter if its industry-led alternative works.
A separate regulator – the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) – has been created by groups including The Daily Mail publisher Associated Newspapers, Telegraph Media Group, and News UK, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch.
Mrs Miller said there was “complete agreement” over press regulation but said the sticking point is whether it should be done by the Ipso or by a separate regulator created by the Royal Charter.
She added that if Ipso shows “real progress” in enforcing principles outlined by the Royal Charter, such as hefty fines for newspapers and publication of prominent apologies, then the Government would not force publishers to join the Royal Charter regulator.
She said: “There is complete agreement about the importance of self regulation and there is complete agreement that self regulation should be overseen by a set of principles set out in a Royal Charter, both Government and the Press agree with that.”
Hacked Off, a pressure group calling for tighter regulation, said the Press was right to set up its own regulator based on the Charter’s principles, but believe Ipso is not robust enough.
The group said in a statement: “The Ipso scheme put forward by the big newspaper groups does not at present meet those standards and a significant number of changes would be necessary relating to both independence and effectiveness before it could be recognised.
“We urge proprietors and editors to make the necessary changes so that Ipso complies with Royal Charter standards.”
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