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News Summary: Newspapers worry about UK media law

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The Associated Press | March 19, 2013 02:00 PM EST | AP


MEDIA WORRIES: Across Britain, newspaper front pages voiced disquiet at the establishment of an independent watchdog that would have the power to order prominent apologies and take complaints into arbitration – a move one newspaper described as overturning centuries of press freedom.

BACKGROUND: The new regulation stemmed from calls for reform of the British press following a damaging scandal over phone hacking, bribery, and other media misdeeds.

TOO MUCH: Newspaper groups are concerned that the new body will become a burdensome regulator, bogging down newspapers with frequent and expensive complaints about coverage.