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Leveson report calls for new press law | Media | guardian.co.uk

Lord Justice Leveson has recommended the introduction of the first press law in Britain since the 17th century - proposing that a statutory body such as Ofcom should take responsibility for monitoring an overhauled Press Complaints Commission.

The proposal - made despite the fierce opposition of Fleet Street to the introduction of statute - is designed to reassure the public that newspapers are subject to an effective and independent regulator to prevent a repetition of phone hacking or other scandals.

Leveson said that his proposed new law would enshrine "for the first time" a "legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press". It would also allow the new body to set up a low-cost libel and privacy tribunal to handle complaints instead of the courts - and provide "benefits in law" to those who signed up. Those who do not sign up would be denied the ability to reclaim the often substantial costs of litigation - even if they win - from complainants bringing libel, privacy or other media related actions.

In the 56-page summary to his 2,000-page report, Leveson said that the purpose of legislation was "not to establish a body to regulate the press". But he warned that if newspapers were not prepared to join a revamped PCC it would be necessary to force Ofcom to act as a "backstop regulator".



It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 09:29:52 AM EST
"sign up" - are they talking about media outlets saying they are submitting to the will of that specific body, with the benefit that they'll pay less if they win?


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sapere aude
by Number 6 on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 10:07:19 AM EST
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The proposal is to create a low-cost arbitration court for libel and privacy cases, so the publishers cannot hide from complaints behind onerous legal costs.

And those who do not sign up to this "voluntary" low-cost arbitration court are told that they cannot bill the plaintiff for their lawyer-hours if they win a libel or privacy suit.

- Jake

Friends come and go. Enemies accumulate.

by JakeS (JangoSierra 'at' gmail 'dot' com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 10:26:12 AM EST
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Victims saying they feel betrayed have letters from Cameron he will back report unless it's Bonkers

It plainly isn't

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Thu Nov 29th, 2012 at 11:46:42 AM EST
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