On right of reply and public interest defence Lord Justice Leveson is tasked with making recommendations for 'a new more effective policy and regulatory regime' for the press. Yet this regulatory system cannot be disassociated from the law. Any new regime will have to be compatible with, and complementary to, the law. Indeed there is a strong argument that changes to the legal framework - in a digital publishing era - will be even more important than changes to the regulatory regime. There are already changes being made to libel law, and privacy law is fast developing on the basis of Article 8 of the Human Rights Act. But what other changes to the law would support both the public and journalistic aims of the Inquiry? This seminar will examine the arguments for two possible additions to the law: the introduction of a statutory right of reply in the UK, and a public interest defence in law.
Dr Martin Moore is Director of the Media Standards Trust. He has been working in news and media for over a decade, for the BBC, Channel 4, NTL, IPC Media, Trinity Mirror and others. He read history at Cambridge and holds a doctorate from the LSE where he was teaching and researching until summer 2006.
His book, The Origins of Modern Spin, was published by Palgrave MacMillan in 2006.
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4.00pm - 6.00pmWednesday 9th May 2012