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The battle over press regulation

Tammy Evans discusses the judicial reviews challenging the recognition of Impress as a state-approved regulator and the consultation on part two of the Leveson inquiry

31 January 2017

The consultation on press regulation launched in November 2016 by the culture secretary, Karen Bradley, together with two related judicial review claims, is bringing the issue of press regulation into sharp focus at the outset of 2017.

Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 provides that any publisher of news-related material which is not a member of a state-approved regulator can be required to pay the legal costs of both parties in any legal claim, such as a claim for libel or breach of privacy, even if the publisher is successful in the claim. While not yet in force, it has been enacted by parliament and only needs to be commenced by the culture secretary.

In October 2016, the Independent Monitor for the Press (Impress) had its application for royal assent approved by the Press Recognition Panel (PRP). Impress was established by press reform campaigners following the...

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