Scotland: Panel Appointed to consider Leveson Recommendations

13 12 2012

A five-person panel has been appointed to consider the recommendations of the Leveson Report in Scotland.  The expert group, to be chaired by former Solicitor General and Senator of the College of Justice Lord McCluskey, features Scots legal experts and representatives of journalism and those affected by malpractice. Read the rest of this entry »





Media Standards Trust: Response to the Leveson Report

13 12 2012

mst_portfolioThe Media Standards Trust supports Lord Justice Leveson’s proposal for a voluntary system of independent regulation.  Lord Justice Leveson writes that the previous system of self-regulation, led by the PCC, “was simultaneously a panacea, a misnomer and a contradiction in terms” (1.4, p.1515).  He says Read the rest of this entry »





Law of Libel and the Defamation Bill – Gavin Phillipson

13 12 2012

ParliamentIt is wrong to treat free speech as being a superior or primary right in a democracy as some reform campaigners have. Many of the values underpinning free speech – truth, individual autonomy and development, the maintenance of a democratic society – also underpin reputation itself. We should value robust protection for reputation for many of the same reasons that we value free speech itself. Read the rest of this entry »