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Leveson inquiry: What newspaper editors have said

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Image caption The inquiry followed the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World

Lord Justice Leveson is set to publish his report on press standards. But what have newspapers said they want in advance of the recommendations?

The Times - wants a system of independent regulation with a judicial, but not a statutory, backstop.

"I'd rather have a troublesome, mischievous and, yes, sometimes disgraceful press than a self-censoring and spotless one. In a free society, newspapers, providing that their facts are accurate, should be able to give a verbal kicking." - Editor James Harding, 27 November.

The Guardian - favours replacing the PCC with a new contract-based body

"The crucial question to any journalist advocating independent regulation over statute is this: is the new regulator proposed by the press sufficiently tough, independent and enduring to command widespread public support?" - Leader article, 25 November.

The Independent - wants a tough new self-regulator which would provide a cheaper, fast-track arbitration service to settle defamation disputes.

"The new regulator must be seen to be independent - that means no one serving on it should be appointed by those organisations that fund it." - Leader article, 26 November.

The Financial Times - wants a system of independent regulation which falls short of formal state regulation or licensing of journalists.

"It may well be that some sort of statutory underpinning will be necessary." - Leader article, 1 July

The Daily Mail - wants to retain a beefed-up form of self-regulation of the press.

"I recognise more than ever that, for self-regulation to work, it must have real teeth, it must be transparently independent and it must be supported by the whole of the Newspaper Industry." Editor Paul Dacre in submission to the Leveson Inquiry, 24 July.

The Sun - favours a new regulatory body secured by contract with each of the participants, but separate from the apparatus of the state.

"The introduction of a new, trusted system of regulation for the Press, which sets proper ethical boundaries for the industry and yet does not inhibit the important right to freedom of expression, is of vital interest to me, my journalists and our readers. Any reform, though, should be measured and ensure proper safeguards for freedom of expression." - Editor Dominic Mohan, Leveson Inquiry statement, 13 July.

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