Mr Javid said: “If we receive a majority at the next election, a Conservative government will scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act and deliver a new British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities. Passed in our Parliament and rooted in our values, it will restore British judges as the ultimate arbiters of British justice. "And today I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed with the Justice Secretary that the British Bill of Rights will include specific protection for journalists and a free press. "The Human Rights Act and the European courts have not done enough to protect journalists who play such a unique role in our society. Our British Bill of Rights will change that.” Mr Javid hailed the freedom of the press as “one of the fundamental liberties on which modern Britain was built”, and said that newspaper journalists were “the right people – the only people – to take the lead on developing and enforcing a new set of press standards”.

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