The long-awaited report about the Leveson inquiry sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World was released Thursday. In it Judge Brian Leveson recommends that the British press be regulated by an independent group supported by law and with the power to fine. "The legislation would not establish a body to regulate the press; it would be up to the press to come forward with their own body," Leveson told reporters in London. Prime Minister David Cameron agreed with Leveson's recommendation for a regulating body, but he was not convinced that legislation is needed to underpin such a group. The Leveson investigation was triggered by the allegation that in 2002, the voice mail of a missing 13-year-old girl, Milly Dowler, had been hacked by an investigator working for the News of the World newspaper before she was found murdered. The furor forced the closure of the 168-year-old News of the World, owned by News International.
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