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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?

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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