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British PM to meet newspaper editors, owners next week

Published on Dec 2, 2012 5:57 AM
British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street in London, on November 29, 2012, as he prepares to address parliament following the release of the Leveson Report. -- PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (AFP) - British Prime Minister David Cameron will meet editors and owners of national newspapers next week to seek their response to an inquiry into press ethics, a government spokesman said on Saturday.

Mr Cameron will press for a timeframe for the establishment of a new press watchdog following proposals set out by judge Brian Leveson in a major report published on Thursday, said a culture ministry spokesman.

The meeting, on Tuesday, will be hosted by culture minister Maria Miller.

Ms Miller would appeal to the powerful group not to "drag its feet" in implementing the new regulator, said the spokesman. Mr Cameron hopes the new body will help quash claims that a new law is needed to make it truly effective.

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