News: Lawyers for Media Standards – serious concerns about Royal Charter arbitration scheme

24 03 2013

image004 Lawyers for Media Standards (LMS), a lobbying group that was formed to inject balance into the debate around reforming libel laws, has issued the following press release expressing serious concerns about the proposed arbitration scheme sought to be implemented by Royal Charter, ahead of the planned House of Lords debate on press regulation on Monday 25 March 2013. Read the rest of this entry »





News: “‘Protecting free speech: A Public Interest Defence for the Media?”, A Debate at Gray’s Inn – Henry Vane

24 03 2013

Gray's Inn HallJournalism in ‘the public interest’ is central to a healthy democracy but extremely hard to define and police.  At present it has an ambiguous legal status; recognised by law but not enshrined in it. The ‘public interest’ is often (successfully) used as a defence by journalists for publishing stories or doing things which are technically illegal. Yet this protection relies on the discretion of judges and the CPS and is not underpinned in statute. Read the rest of this entry »





The Leveson press freedom law that the press didn’t want – Brian Cathcart

24 03 2013

First AmendmentBritish journalists have long looked with envy on the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Adopted in 1791, this states: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances. Read the rest of this entry »