Opinion: “The press ‘wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people’. Are they sorry?” – Brian Cathcart

2 12 2012

cameron-leveson_2247986bLook at the Sunday papers. A barrage of abuse about Lord Justice Leveson and all he proposes, more scaremongering about the shackling and stifling of journalism, and with these some political and occasionally personal attacks on the politicians who are supporting the judge. Is the press sorry? No. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson and Legality: implementation of the Report would not be Illegal – Hugh Tomlinson QC [Updated]

2 12 2012

Shami ChakrabartiAccording to the “Mail on Sunday” the Leveson assessor and Liberty Director Shami Chakrabarti has “delivered the bombshell verdict that his demand for compulsory press regulation would be illegal”.  The BBC has, in turn, reported the story under the headline “Leveson report proposals ‘would be illegal‘”.  This is distortion of Ms Chakrabarti’s views which, as is clear from the report, relate to matters which do not form part of its recommendations.  In any event, Ms Chakrabarti’s analysis is wrong in law.  The suggestions made in the report to which she refers are lawful and in no way inconsistent with the Human Rights Act 1998. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Does the Sentence Fit the Crime? – Des Freedman

2 12 2012

leveson_2202993bSome 16 months after David Cameron set up a public inquiry to examine the culture, practices and ethics of the press, Lord Justice Leveson has delivered his report. It calls for a new form of independent self-regulation with statutory oversight in order to make sure that the press cannot wriggle out of their responsibilities. Read the rest of this entry »