Event by BPP Law School: After the Leveson Report – where next for Press Regulation?

UKCLG members and readers of this blog are invited by Chris Monaghan and Tom Bennett, Convenors of “Fresh Perspectives on Law” at BPP Law School, to the following event :

31 July 2013, 6pm, BPP Waterloo More details here

A discussion panel on the aftermath of the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practice and Ethics of the Press.

The Leveson Inquiry and its subsequent report has provoked much debate and controversy surrounding the future of the press and the extent of any regulation of its activities. At the same time, it has re-opened the debate about the adequacy of current legal protections for individual privacy. Lord Leveson’s report proposed the establishment of a system of press self-regulation underpinned by statute. The response of the Government has been to propose self-regulation underpinned by Royal Charter. All the while, elements of the media decry proposals for greater regulation as unacceptable infringements upon free speech, whilst victims of press intrusion worry the proposals will be ineffective in ensuring sufficient protection for privacy. Can an effective balance be struck between privacy and press freedom? And, if so, what is that balance to be?

Panellists include:

  • Professor Lorna Woods, City University
  • Jonathan Coad, Partner at Lewis Silkin LLP
  • Jane Winter, Former Director of British Irish Rights Watch
  • Tom Bennett, Lecturer in Media Law, BPP Law School