Tell the Government: stop “consulting” and get on with Leveson
Four years ago, Lord Justice Leveson published his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press which found the press guilty of peddling “a pattern of cosmetic reform”. Three years ago, Parliament agreed a measure which would guarantee victims of illegal libel and intrusion access to justice through quick low-cost arbitration or if they were denied it, they would be able to take a newspaper to court without the fear of crippling costs. This measure, known as “section 40” has been blocked by the Government and now they are going back on their promise to start Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry designed to look at police and press corruption. Our calls for Leveson 2 to proceed and section 40 to be implemented are shared by the National Union of Journalists and the free speech organisation Article 19.
Faced with the prospect of a Parliamentary defeat over the Prime Minister’s failure to implement section 40 as promised a few weeks ago, the Government has now been panicked into announcing a consultation on Leveson matters. Specifically, it is consulting on the Leveson access to justice measure, known as “section 40”, and the second part of the Leveson Inquiry.
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