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Lib Dems to propose big fines for newspapers who break conduct codes

September 14, 2023 by admin in News

Party to debate media regulation at conference after demands for change in wake of phone-hacking scandal

Heavy fines large enough to change media executives’ behaviour should be imposed on errant newspapers by a new independent press regulator, the Liberal Democrats are to propose.

The new regulatory body would be required to “impose appropriate sanctions against proprietors, editors and journalists guilty of breaching the code; such as financial penalties that are large enough to act as a deterrent, and the power to ensure that apologies and retractions are given due prominence”. It also calls for a strengthening of the rules on fit and proper ownership, to ensure corporations as a whole are held to account and not just senior individuals within them.

Don Foster, the Liberal Democrat culture spokesman, said: “We can’t continue having periodic crises of confidence in the media.

“This motion outlines a broad vision of what media regulation should look like. It seeks to establish Lib Dem priorities without prejudicing the Leveson inquiry’s eventual findings.

“We have heard enough empty condemnations from politicians who used to be in bed with press barons. Now is the time to talk about fundamental reform.”

Read the original article in The Guardian here