UK papers refuse to endorse press deal

The deal on Britain’s press regulation is running into difficulty as some key newspaper groups refused to endorse it, saying that the deal includes “contentious issues” which have not been discussed with them.

Earlier this week, British politicians from three main political parties in the country finally clinched a deal on press regulation which aimed at curbing the abuses of the past.

Several biggest newspapers, including News International, the Telegraph Media group, and the Express publishers, however, said in a statement that the deal included “several deeply contentious issues which have not yet been resolved with the industry”.

The deal on press regulation which was proposed for the first time by people outside the industry was strongly opposed by the groups.

A senior executive in one newspaper group said, “This is a political deal between the three parties and Hacked Off. It is not a deal with the newspapers.”

The deal was introduced after it emerged that journalists had hacked thousands of phones in their attempts to get first time news reports.

The scale of the long-running phone hacking scandal in the country has led to dozens of arrests and the resignation of several senior police officers so far.

The scandal also led to the closure of media mogul Rupert Murdoch’s 168-year-old British newspaper The News of the World.

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