Compromising on the Leveson reforms
Keywords:Press law, Freedom of the press, Leveson
Julian Harris gives an update on ongoing compromises in implementation of the Leveson reforms. The influential House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee has suggested newspapers and magazines should not be compelled to accept regulation under the terms of the Royal Charter if a regulator which meets the “spirit” of the Leveson reforms can be created by the press. Some will see the committee’s analysis as providing the basis for a modified system of Leveson press control acceptable to government and the industry, while to others it will signal a return to self-regulation and the shortcomings of the Press Complaints Commission.
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