The Leveson Report and Exemplary Damages: no “violation of free speech” – Hugh Tomlinson QC

13 01 2013

leveson-press-conferenceThe Leveson Report is a careful compromise designed to protect both freedom of expression and privacy.  Lord Justice Leveson accepted the arguments of the press that a system of statutory regulation should not be imposed on them. He offered them the almost unique privilege of self-regulation – subject only to oversight of the regulator by Ofcom or a “recognition commissioner”.   He suggested a number of incentives to encourage publishers to join the new regulatory body.  One of the most important concerns exemplary damages. Read the rest of this entry »