Leveson: Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act: should it have been brought into force rather than being treated as a question of government policy? – Christopher Whitmey

30 05 2018

The Crime and Courts Act 2013 (‘CCA’) sections 34-42 inclusive are headed “Publishers of news-related material: damages and costs” and form a complete and closely integrated scheme enacted for the public benefit, and the protection of the press from spurious complaints, for implementation as a whole. How can bringing section 40 into force logically be a question of government policy? Read the rest of this entry »





The government scuppers Leveson Part 2: is Britain’s press undermining democracy? – Steven Barnett

22 05 2018

Recent amendments to the Data Protection Bill, supported by the House of Lords and then narrowly defeated in the Commons, would have revived Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry into unlawful conduct and corporate cover-ups in national newspapers. Read the rest of this entry »





News: House of Lords votes for Leveson 2 amendment, Commons to vote again today

15 05 2018

The House of Lords yesterday voted, by a majority of 252 to 213, to restore a “Leveson 2” amendment to the Data Protection Bill.  The amendment was proposed by the respected cross bench peer Baroness Hollins. Read the rest of this entry »






The Data Protection Bill, Human Rights and the Daily Mail – Hugh Tomlinson QC

8 05 2018

On Wednesday 9 May 2018, the House of Commons will deal with the Report Stage of Data Protection Bill. [pdf]  Two amendments relevant to press regulation have been proposed. Read the rest of this entry »






IPSO’s new “compulsory arbitration” scheme: why claimants are unlikely to use it – Evan Harris

4 05 2018

The press industry’s consumer complaints body, IPSO, has announced a new “compulsory” arbitration scheme for national newspapers.  This is the third version of the IPSO arbitration scheme.  The first two versions have had no takers and the third is unlikely to be any more successful. Read the rest of this entry »