Cameron makes the editors an offer they can't refuse!! Culture Secretary chairs meeting with newspaper editors - Dept. of Culture, Media and Sport
Lord Justice Leveson recommended legislation to (a) place a duty on government to uphold and protect the freedom of the press; and (b) to give recognition and certification powers to a Recognition Body (such as Ofcom).
Writing in The Telegraph 30th November - Why Leveson's proposals are nothing like the First Amendment- Rupert Myers pointed out that "at the centre of Lord Justice Leveson’s report is the idea that legislation should enshrine the protection of the press. Like many people, I tend to prefer a jurisprudential approach which takes as the starting point the presumption of absolute liberty, restricting via laws only a discrete set of acts, rather than a philosophy which tries to claim that the law and the state gives us our rights as packages. This is why the notion that a law could "enshrine, for the first time, a legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press" should not be considered necessarily to be any real protection.
See Informm's blog for several posts about Leveson. I enjoyed reading this one - Leveson Lingo - how to talk your way around the Leveson report
James Wilson, the author of the A(nother) lawyer blog writes - 5th December - The Leveson Inquiry - the press, the politicians, Parliament, the police and the public- "An independent regulator “underpinned” by statute looks like a statutory regulator at one remove, if not a statutory regulator by any other name."
Summary of the Leveson report
Update 5th December:
A meeting was held on 4th December at 10 Downing Street. News editors were told to get on with implementation of a replacement to the Press Complaints Commission. If they are considered to have failed in this, then legislation will follow - The Guardian 4th December report about the meeting.
The BBC - "Leveson report: Cameron tells editors to sort out regulator"
Tony Gallagher of The Daily Telegraph tweeted about the meeting - "19 editors & industry reps, 9 mandarins, 3 ministers and 1 PM. We got coffee and still tap water. No beer & sandwiches" and "It felt like the summoning of the Five Families in The Godfather"
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