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David Cameron: UK Government May ‘Act’ Against Newspapers Over Snowden Leaks (Reuters)
British Prime Minister David Cameron said on Monday his government was likely to act to stop newspapers publishing what he called damaging leaks from former U.S. intelligence operative Edward Snowden unless they began to behave more responsibly. “If [newspapers] don’t demonstrate some social responsibility it will be very difficult for government to stand back and not to act,” Cameron told parliament, saying Britain’s Guardian newspaper had “gone on” to print damaging material after initially agreeing to destroy other sensitive data. BBC News The Guardian has insisted that its coverage of intelligence leaks prompted a necessary and overdue debate. The British newspaper has been the primary UK outlet for stories based on data leaked by whistleblower and ex-U.S. security analyst Snowden. The Guardian Newspaper and magazine publishers are seeking an injunction to prevent the government’s plan for a new press regulation regime getting the royal seal of approval this week. Industry bodies representing publishers said they would be seeking the injunction to stop the press regulation royal charter — backed by the three main parties and Hacked Off campaigners — going before the privy council for sealing by the Queen on Wednesday.