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New York Times warns new regulations could ‘stifle’ British media

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By Ishbel Macleod, PR and social media consultant

March 21, 2013 | 1 min read

The New York Times has suggested in an editorial that the new draft press regulations could ‘chill free speech and threaten the survival of small publishers and Internet sites.’

The editorial warns that the plans could stifle journalism and end 300 years of press freedom.

It read: "The kind of press regulations proposed by British politicians would do more harm than good because an unfettered press is essential to democracy.

"It would be perverse if regulations enacted in response to this scandal ended up stifling the kind of hard-hitting investigative journalism that brought it to light in the first place.

"Lawyers who have looked at the proposal say it would also cover Internet news and opinion sites outside the country that could be read in Britain."

Matt Storin, ex editor of The Boston Globe, described the planned regulations as 'appalling'.

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