Press self-regulation 'has failed' - Harriet Harman
28 October 2012 Last updated at 10:48 GMT
Self-regulation of the press "has failed", according to Harriet Harman.
She said there might be a need for statutory regulation and the status quo was "not acceptable".
Labour's deputy leader was speaking ahead of the publication of Lord Leveson's report into press standards following the phone-hacking scandal.
The inquiry has examined the relationship between the press and the public, police and politicians, and looked at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour.
A second part of the inquiry, looking into the extent of unlawful or improper conduct within News International and other newspaper media organisations, will not get under way until police investigations are concluded.
Hacking voicemails is illegal.