Court rebuffs U.K. press bid to stop regulation

Oct 30, 2013, 9:47 AM EDT
Newspapers and magazines are displayed on sale at a stand in London, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013. Britain's press is going to court in a bid to stop the imposition of new rules developed after the country's phone hacking scandal. Officials are working to create a body which would subject Britain's newspapers and magazines to a government-backed watchdog insulated from media owners and publishers. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

LONDON (AP) — A British court has rebuffed the press in its latest attempt to scupper new rules developed in the wake of the country's phone hacking scandal.

Officials are working to create a body which would subject Britain's newspapers and magazines to a government-backed watchdog intended to curb the abuses uncovered by the scandal, but many journalists worry the supposedly independent body could be abused by politicians to punish publications they don't like.

The press has been fighting a rear-guard action to avoid regulation, proposing an alternative watchdog and going to court in an attempt to block government action.

Wednesday's defeat is unlikely to be final. Several publications have already threatened to boycott the new body, and some talk of taking the fight to the European Court of Human Rights.

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