MPs are currently debating and will today vote on amendments to the Data Protection Bill that are designed to muzzle the free press. Around 90 per cent of publications have decided not to register with the state approved regulator, IMPRESS. There are many reasons for this, one being that IMPRESS is largely bankrolled (through two trusts) by free press hater Max Mosley. But the main reason is because the state should not have a say in regulating newspapers.
As a result, 90 per cent of publications have decided to register with IPSO - a self-regulatory body that has the power to order retractions and impose fines. The fact that IPSO is not state approved is important to remember when considering the amendment from Deputy Labour Leader, Tom Watson.
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On the day we have announced a new eighth principle of a free society - a free press and other media - Peter Mullen has written a timely article about those Peers who voted yesterday to restrict press freedom.
If, along with millions of others, you enjoy reading your local paper every morning, make the most of it because you might not have a local paper for much longer. For last night the House of Lords scandalously voted to restrict press freedom yet further. The vote was on an amendment to Section 40 of the Government's Data Protection Bill which will make newspapers face huge bills in data protection disputes.
Under this proposal, newspapers not signed up to a state-supported regulator would have to pay their opponent's legal costs, even if they were successful in court.Read more