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 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 »





Press Regulation: We are only one signature away from a revolution in access to justice – Brian Cathcart

4 01 2018

It is a longstanding national scandal that, although in principle the law protects us against libel and breach of privacy by news publishers, with rare exceptions those laws work only for the rich. The vast majority of people in Britain simply can’t afford to go to court to uphold their right not to be lied about and and their right to have a private life. Read the rest of this entry »





Leveson: Karen Bradley gets it wrong five times – Brian Cathcart

13 10 2017
The Media Secretary, Karen Bradley, told the Commons Media Select Committee this week that she will announce the long-overdue outcome of her consultation on Section 40 and Leveson Part Two ‘shortly’ – hinting it would be in the next few weeks.

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Should Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 be in force by now? – Christopher Whitmey

14 07 2017

On 23 June 2017 the Department of Culture Media and Sport replied to a Freedom of Information request, posted on WhatDoTheyKnow, concerning the government’s Consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. Read the rest of this entry »





Victims or Villains: is the freedom of the press under threat? – Julie Doughty

3 06 2017

This was the question for debate at Cardiff University School of Journalism on 24 May, an event originally envisaged as a discussion on the possible implementation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 as a threat to the freedom of the press or, alternatively, an opportunity for those wronged by the media to find justice. Read the rest of this entry »





The Tories hand the press their get-out-of-jail-free card – Brian Cathcart

18 05 2017

The Conservative election manifesto [pdf] reveals with absolute clarity the depth of Theresa May’s subservience to the billionaire-owned, Brexit-backing corporate national press. Read the rest of this entry »