News: House of Lords adds “Leveson” amendments to Defamation Bill, Government defeated by a substantial majority

5 02 2013

PuttnamAfter more than 2 hours of debate, the House of Lords today voted to accept Lord Puttnam’s amendments to the Defamation Bill to insert provisions for a statutory “Recognition Commission” into the Defamation Bill.  The Government was defeated by the surprisingly wider margin of 272 votes to 141. Read the rest of this entry »

Does India need its Leveson? – Arghya Sengupta

5 02 2013

RTR20GEN-620x438India has its own fierce debate about media regulation. Arghya Sengupta discusses how the shadow of the 1970s “Emergency” hangs over proposed steps from failed self-regulation to statutory regulation.

Lord Justice Leveson’s widely anticipated report on the British press is of considerable interest in India, where a feisty discussion on regulating an increasingly powerful print and broadcasting media has been brewing for the past year. The outspoken Chairman of the Press Council of India Markandey Katju has declared the futility of self-regulation with the words, ‘self-regulation is no regulation at all’. Read the rest of this entry »