The Straits Times
Published on Nov 25, 2012

British newspapers fear tougher regulation after extensive inquiry


LONDON (AFP) - British newspapers are nervously awaiting the publication coming Thursday of the first part of an extensive judge-led inquiry into press standards which could result in tougher regulation of the industry.

Prime Minister David Cameron set up the Leveson Inquiry in response to revelations that the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World tabloid had hired a private investigator to hack the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

The first part has looked at the culture, practices and ethics of the press, shining an uncomfortable light on the aggressive British tabloid press's methods.

But the eight months of public hearings have also seen politicians, including the prime minister, under the microscope for their often close links with media owners and executives.