National Association of Press Agencies has issued an initial comment on the Leveson Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press.

A NAPA spokesman said: "As working journalists our members recognise that it is essential that the UK has a system of press regulation that works and in which the public can have trust and confidence.

"The freedom of the press is a cherished asset and we believe that Lord Leveson has adopted the correct stance in advocating an enhanced voluntary scheme designed to ensure the highest ethical and professional standards.

"We will continue to campaign for the adoption of such a voluntary system, alongside the proposals that we have endorsed for an enhanced "kite mark" system to control the issue and operation of press cards to bona-fide journalists."