Public wants more me­dia rules says poll

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&world Update -

THE public is keen for much stricter me­dia reg­u­la­tion but does not ex­pect the Leve­son In­quiry to ad­dress all its con­cerns, an opin­ion poll found. More than four in five vot­ers ques­tioned byy­ougov backed the cre­ation of a statu­tory body to over­see the press - with a large ma­jor­ity of those say­ing it should have strict pow­ers. Al­most half (48 per cent) said news­pa­pers had too much power over politi­cians - com­pared with 27% who said it was the right amount or too lit­tle. And there was sig­nif­i­cant back­ing for forc­ing news­pa­pers and web­sites to be­come po­lit­i­cally im­par­tial - with those con­sid­er­ing that would be bet­ter for democ­racy in a 45 per cent to 36 per cent lead.

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