British inquiry urges new laws for 'outrageous' press

A judge has called for legislation to underpin a new regulator for Britain's "outrageous" newspapers.

This, in a dramatic move that threatens to divide Prime Minister David Cameron's coalition government.

Lord Justice Brian Leveson, who led an eight-month inquiry following the phone-hacking scandal that closed down Rupert Murdoch's News of the World, also criticised politicians for getting "too close" to the press.

His report called for legislation for a new independent self-regulatory body underpinned by law. 

He said that misbehaviour by the British press had undermined its own arguments that it works in the public interest.