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Fast-track plan may be only way to speed press change – Sir Charles Gray and Alastair Brett

Leveson.jpgThe debate over press regulation will start again in earnest in the coming weeks. What is extraordinary is how the press and the government have so far failed to find a workable way forward in implementing the Leveson recommendations. The press cries “no statutory intervention” so the government, terrified of upsetting the press, comes up with a complex royal charter rather than a simple statute.  Continue reading

Inforrm Debate: Jury trial in libel actions: the plaything of civil liberty purists! – Alastair Brett

Defamation is a rich man’s sport.  Only the super-rich or those on “no win, no fee” agreements with their lawyers can begin to afford the astronomic cost of a libel action.  Why? Because there are too many uncertainties in defamation actions.  First and foremost amongst these is ‘trial by jury’, a quite extraordinary hang-over from the past, which in too many cases bears little or no resemblance to justice. Continue reading

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