Websites could have to pay exemplary damages if they don't sign up to new regulator.

This article titled “Press regulation deal sparks fears of high libel fines for bloggers” was written by Lisa O’Carroll, for guardian.co.uk on Tuesday 19th March 2013 09.35 UTC

Bloggers could face high fines for libel under the new Leveson deal with exemplary damages imposed if they don’t sign up to the new regulator, it was claimed on Tuesday.

Kirsty Hughes, the chief executive of Index on Censorship, which campaigns for press freedom around the world, said it was a “sad day” for British democracy. “This will undoubtedly have a chilling effect on everyday people’s web use,” she said.

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