LONDON Mayor Boris Johnson has warned against tougher media regulation in the UK ahead of Lord Justice Leveson's report into press standards.
Mr Johnson said that at a time when developing nations such as India were allowing their press greater freedoms, it was wrong to bring in statutory regulation of the press.
Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live during a trip to India to promote London businesses, he said: "I am a bit nervous we are heading in the opposite direction to many other countries in the world which are liberating their press and allowing free speech, and I think statutory regulation is not something that I would support.
"What are the attractions to London as an international investor? What makes it a great place to live? It's because you have a stable system where it is very largely uncorrupt. I can tell you that compared with most other jurisdictions in the world, we have a political system that is largely free of financial corruption and bribery.
"I think it is very largely because we have a pretty, uninhibited, vociferous and exuberant media that gets on and turns over all sorts of flat rocks. If you go around sterilising, pasteurising and homogenising the media you will have a bad effect on our democracy."
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