Leveson and press regulation: what next?
26 September 2012
Lord Justice Leveson’s report to the Coalition Government is likely to recommend a new independent press regulator set up by an ‘enabling’ statute, in order to better protect individuals from press intrusion and maltreatment.
David Cameron and the Conservatives appear set to reject any use of statute, preferring to see the industry proposal for ‘contractual self-regulation’ implemented.
If a ‘Leveson Act’ is ever to be passed, it will have to be either a joint Liberal Democrat/Labour effort, or one undertaken by another Prime Minister after 2015.