Ex PCC member warns against statutory regulation

Regulation of the industry would lead to a war between the regulator and the press

A lawyer who sat on the Press Complaints Commission for seven years has warned that statutory regulation of the industry would lead to a war between the regulator and the press - one that the regulator was bound to lose.

Eve Salomon, who is chair of both the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and the Internet Watch Foundation, was speaking at a Leveson Inquiry seminar in London this morning.

Sullivan said that any system other than self-regulation would lead to "a battle between the armies of the press and an unarmed regulator". She added: "I don't believe that phone hacking was a failure of self regulation any more than it was a failure of the criminal law."

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