Internet fears over press regulation

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Concerns have been raised that bloggers may face stiff libel fines under rules imposed by a new press watchdog. Political blogger Iain Dale said he would “certainly” be covered by the regulator and the Huffington Post’s Carla Buzasi said the body’s remit relating to the internet was unclear. But the government says the criteria that determines whether a publisher is liable protects “a single blogger”. Meanwhile, some newspapers are seeking legal advice on whether to co-operate. The publishers of the Daily Mail, the Sun, the Times, the Telegraph, the Daily Star and the Daily Express said they would wait to make a decision. The new press watchdog is to be established in England and Wales by royal charter and backed by legislation. The new regulatory regime will replace the current system, under which the press is self-regulated voluntarily through the Press Complaints Commission.
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