The vast majority of the British public are vehemently opposed to state regulation of the press, according to a new survey.
The study, commissioned by the Free Speech Network and carried out by Survation, found that over 90 per cent of Britons support free speech, and seven in ten people believe there is no need for new laws or state regulation of the press.
Furthermore, the research revealed that only 0.5 per cent of people think regulation of press a priority, and that MPs' time should instead be spent on more pressing matters.
Two-thirds want to see libel laws amended to get actions settled more cheaply, and the same number are proud of Britain's standing in the world as a model of press freedom and free speech.
Bob Satchwell, Chairman of the Society of Editors, said: "The British people are clear that they want a free press and free speech. We agree.
“This is why the industry supports a new system, independent of both government and the newspaper industry to ensure the highest standards in the press without undermining its capacity to hold people such as politicians to account.”
The Free Speech Network comprises UK, European and global newspaper, magazine, print and online publishers.
The PPA is a supporter of the Free Speech Network.