"Lord Justice Leveson made it clear the ball is now in the politicians' court" says partner at Mishcon de Reya Charlotte Harris - FREE VIDEO CONTENT
Web edit: CHARLOTTE HARRIS, Partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya
Charlotte Harris, partner at law firm Mishcon de Reya:
"Lord Justice Leveson's Report is incredibly thorough and is, I believe, vital to restoring public confidence in print media. The Report roundly asserts the current system is not good enough, and at Mishcon de Reya we welcome the recommendation of an independent self-regulatory body governed by an independent board. We likewise welcome the categorical statement that neither government nor parliament should be involved in regulating the press.
However, the Report also provokes pressing questions. The recommendations must be backed up in statute, but will this be by tinkering with existing legislation or creating new legislation? The absence of a draft bill or draft code are both notable - even more so is the lack of a statutory timetable. Lord Justice Leveson made it clear the ball is now in the politicians' court. For the Inquiry to serve its purpose, addressing the culture, practices and ethics of the press and protecting individuals as well as free speech, it must not be kicked in the long grass."