• UKIP | Responding to the release of the final report from the Leveson inquiry into the operation of the media, Nigel Farage MEP, the UKIP leader and a victim of phone hacking himself has said legislative control of the press would be the wrong thing to do.
"Our press is frankly fantastic compared to that in other countries where there is formal regulation which causes either censorship or self censorship through fear," he said.
"In my job I am constantly travelling through other countries and I am proud of the loud, difficult, awkward press we have. Often brutal, rarely kind, but essential to the operation of a free country.
"For this government, or any bunch of so-called politicians to support the legislative underpinning of a voluntary agreement to oversee the press would be a huge mistake, and the first step on a very slippery slope. Control of the media should not now, or ever be in any way the responsibility of politicians.
"Any Government intervention almost always fails, as would this. It is about politicians creating a cosy world of silence where they can live and act in peace and behave without public accountability", he went on.
"It would be a huge mistake and be laughable in the age of the internet. Just completely the wrong thing to do.
"My own phone was hacked" he pointed out, "but that is neither here nor there. Things go wrong in the press, as they do in every walk of life and business, but we already have legal redress. Criminal actions are criminal actions, and are already covered by the law.
"Those of us in my position already have recourse to the law. We must not create anything that restricts freedom."