Tell Theresa May: support press abuse victims calling for section 40 now
Recently, IMPRESS became the first Leveson recognised press regulator - a huge success! - but for it to work properly, the Prime Minister must stop blocking the critical measure which would incentivise publishers to join it. The big news corporations know that this could mean an end to their ability to abuse and lie, so they're lobbying the Prime Minister publically now, after having done so relentlessly in private, and they have launched a campaign to have the measure dropped. But victims of press abuse have today launched their own video campaign to fight back: to explain the torment which they each went through, and to ask for your support.
The measure they're calling for - Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act - is a 'win win win'.
It delivers guaranteed access to justice to those victims who don't have the money to take a big newspaper corporation to court; it acts as a 'cost shifting incentive', so that newspaper corporations are encouraged to join a recognised regulator (because if they refuse to offer complainants access to quick cheap arbitration through a Leveson-style regulator, they have to pay a claimant's costs, win or lose); and it gives journalists stronger free speech protections so that they can expose wrong-doing free from the threat of chilling from litigious offenders like Robert Maxwell and Jimmy Savile.
The big newspaper corporations, backed by the industry lobby group, the Society of Editors, and the sham press watchdog IPSO, are falsely claiming that this measure poses a threat to press freedom. This is NOT TRUE.
Section 40 is good for victims, good for the public and good for journalism.
This is crunch time. We know that the Prime Minister has already met secretly with Rupert Murdoch once. And it is unlikely to have been her only contact with a press owner over this matter. They will do everything they can to retain their power without accountability.
Please ask the Prime Minister to commence this measure without delay.
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