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First minister's questions

First Minister Carwyn Jones told AMs that he is "saddened" by the UK prime minister's failure to accept the recommendations of the Leveson report.

"It's appalling that all those people whose lives have been wrecked by press intrusion have no recourse," he said whilst answering questions in the chamber on 4 December 2012.

Mr Jones agreed with the leader of the Liberal Democrat's sentiments that all the recommendations should be implemented as he criticised the Conservatives' refusal to support the establishment of an independent press regulatory body, underpinned by legislation.

Conservative leader Andrew RT Davies called for an open discussion in Wales on the media regulation and reform as he challenged the first minister's "attempts to muzzle the press".

The Welsh government had called on S4C and BBC Wales not to broadcast a repeat episode of Pobol y Cwm on 29 November 2012 which discussed badger culling, and referenced the government's decision not to proceed with the cull in Wales.

Plaid Cymru AM Simon Thomas also referred to the incident whilst discussing broadband as he questioned whether the first minister had actually watched the programme in full on the replay service.

Carwyn Jones defended his decision to action the letter from his press officers as he argued that no other soap opera has directly criticised a government decision.

He is explained that he is currently awaiting the response of the BBC, S4C and Ofcom to the broadcast.

Plaid Cymru leader Leanne Wood took the opportunity to ask Mr Jones about government opinions on the specific options for health boards.

She waved a letter signed by the education minister and his fellow MP Chris Bryant raising concerns over the reconfiguration proposals, as she questioned if it was still the case that the government ministers were not able to speculate on the options.

According to the Mr Jones, it was acceptable for ministers to comment in their capacity as AMs if it was a local issue for them.

He also answered questions on the NHS, youth unemployment and the Silk Commission's report.

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