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British judge urges tight media regulation after scandal

LONDON — Britain’s unruly newspapers should be regulated by an independent body dominated by nonjournalists with the power to levy steep fines, a judge said Thursday in a report that pleased victims of tabloid intrusion but had editors worrying about creeping state control of the country’s fiercely independent press.

Prime Minister David Cameron echoed concerns about government interference, expressing misgivings about a key recommendation of the report — that the new regulator be enshrined in law. He called on the much criticized press to show it could control itself by implementing the judge’s proposals quickly — and without political involvement.

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