Press regulation: royal charter and legal framework are not how to curb excess

English PEN legal consultant Helen Anthony has written an article for the Media Guardian, questioning whether the press regulation measures in the Crime & Courts Act will foster a truly voluntary system of regulation.

A structure that implemented Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations for a recognition panel and formally accredited a regulator would work well if membership of such a regulator was truly voluntary. But publishers are being coerced into becoming members of a recognised regulatory body with the threat of court-imposed sanctions, following the introduction of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

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