Press regulation: Papers lose Privy Council injunction bid
Newspaper publishers have lost a bid to stop ministers going to the Privy Council later to seek the Queen's approval for a royal charter on UK press regulation.
At the High Court, publishers argued the Privy Council had not considered their own proposed charter fairly.
But two judges refused them an injunction and said there were no grounds for a judicial review.
The publishers are considering a challenge to the Court of Appeal later.
Following the phone-hacking affair and subsequent Leveson Inquiry, politicians and the press drew up their own charters.
Both propose a "recognition panel" to oversee a press self-regulation committee with powers to impose fines of up to £1m on newspapers for wrongdoing.
The press charter would require industry-wide approval for any amendments, while the politicians' version - backed by the three mainstream parties - could be changed by a two-thirds majority in Parliament.
Some in the media claim this could let governments encroach on press freedom.
Hacked Off's executive director Brian Cathcart said: "The Royal Charter is good for journalism, good for freedom of speech, and - vitally - good for the public.
"What Mr Murdoch and his friends are clinging to is the right to lie, twist, bully and intrude, inflicting misery on innocent people. That has to stop."
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