The Straits Times
Published on Nov 26, 2012

Press freedom makes Britain attractive: Mayor of London


LONDON (AFP) - Britain would be moving in the opposite direction to many countries if it introduced tougher regulation of the media, Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said during a visit to India.

Mr Johnson was speaking ahead of the publication on Thursday of the first part of an extensive judge-led inquiry into British press standards which could result in tougher regulation of the industry.

The former journalist told BBC radio in Delhi on Sunday that he would strongly oppose any moves by his Conservative party leader, Prime Minister David Cameron, to introduce statutory regulation of the press if the Leveson Inquiry recommends it.

"I am a bit nervous we are heading in the opposite direction to many other countries in the world which are liberating their press and allowing free speech, and I think statutory regulation is not something that I would support," Mr Johnson said.