Top UK tabloid editor warns of over-regulation

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Posted: Oct 12, 2011 1:13 PM
Top UK tabloid editor warns of over-regulation

The editor of Britain's Daily Mail newspaper has warned that over-regulation of the press could put the country's democracy at risk.

In a speech delivered to the inquiry examining Britain's media in the wake of the phone hacking scandal, editor Paul Dacre claimed Wednesday that self-regulation was "the only viable way of policing a genuinely free press."

More than a dozen journalists have been arrested over claims that they plotted illegal eavesdropping or corrupted police officers to get an edge in Britain's fiercely competitive media market.

And while most of the claims center on Rupert Murdoch's now defunct News of the World tabloid, other U.K. papers have come under suspicion as well and some have called for tougher regulation across the board.