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Press victim Christopher Jeffries welcomes new rules

A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on measures to regulate the press in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

An independent regulator will be set up by royal charter, but views vary over whether it would be underpinned by law.

Christopher Jeffries is a retired school teacher who won damages thought to be in the region of around £500,000 from eight newspapers who had linked him with the murder of Joanna Yates in Bristol in December 2010.

He told BBC News that things would have been different if regulations had been in place at the time of his arrest. "It is very unlikely that the press would have vilified me in the way they did".

  • 18 Mar 2013
  • From the section UK
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