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The new UK model of press regulation

Tomlinson, Hugh (2014) The new UK model of press regulation. LSE Media Policy Project Series, Broughton Micova, Sally and Tambini, Damian (eds.) (Media Policy Brief 12). London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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The Leveson Report on the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press proposed a system under which the independence and effectiveness of a self-regulator set up by the press could be assured through a process of independent “audit” or “recognition”. The Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press establishes an independent Recognition Panel, which does not regulate the press, but decides whether a self-regulator meets pre-set criteria for regulatory independence and effectiveness. The Recognition Panel is independently appointed and protected from political interference by the terms of the Royal Charter and by a statutory requirement that a two-thirds majority of both Houses of Parliament is required to amend that Charter. There is a “double lock” on political interference with the recognition system. Under the system proposed by Leveson the press remains in operational control of its own regulation and politicians are excluded from any role in the process. The Recognition Panel is an auditor, not a regulator.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
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Additional Information: © 2014 The Author, LSE Media Policy Project
Divisions: Media and Communications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
J Political Science > JN Political institutions (Europe) > JN101 Great Britain
Date Deposited: 09 Apr 2014 08:40
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 13:23
Projects: LSE Media Policy Project
Funders: Higher Education Innovation Fund 5, Open Society Foundation

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