Stricter curbs on the press being drafted
A founder member of The Independent David Lister joined the paper in 1986 as Assistant Home Editor. He became the paper's arts correspondent in 1988 and is now Arts Editor and writes a column each Saturday. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Thursday 10 June 1993
Ministers are putting the finishing touches to the White Paper on press regulation, though its publication has been put back to the end of July.
In the House of Commons today, MPs will debate a recommendation from the recent select committee on the press for a statutory ombudsman. But departments involved in drafting the White Paper are exploring even stricter controls. The bugging of conversations and 'snatching' pictures via telephoto lenses are understood to be certain to be made illegal; though an exception might be made for the security services' work.
Ministers are also understood to be considering options including automatic fines for newspapers which breach the press code of conduct; financial compensation for those who have been wronged by such breaches; and a new Press Commission.
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