Lords Vote on Amendments As Press Charter Unravelling
How bad is it for the Hacked Off drafted Royal Charter’s prospects?
- Lebedev, the owner of The Indy, the only paper with an editor keen on the press control Royal Charter, has said it is a bad idea.
- Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger is suggesting delaying it all for a year.
- The Economist has joined the Speccie, Staggers and Private Eye in shunning the new system.
- Most of the big newspaper groups are looking less and less likely to go along with things as they stand.
- Editors of local papers are livid that they will be brought into this regulatory quango when they are already under financial pressure.
- The former campaign manager for Hacked Off has disowned the campaign – “I wanted reform that understood the press, but some of them wanted reform that punished the press. They became more militant, more politically aggressive and I felt uncomfortable with it.”
- Lawyers say the exemplary damages provision is in breach of Article 10 of the ECHR.
- Bloggers from across the spectrum have united against the ill thought provisions.
- Hacked Off now say that blog regulation was never their intention.*
- Over the weekend there were tri-party talks to try and figure out how to exempt blogs – which Leveson never intended to regulate.
Still the political class may still ram it through the Lords this afternoon…
Lord Lucas has a sensible amendment to exempt blogs and small publishing enterprises:
131C At end insert— “Other publishers
9) A publisher who focuses on a specific locality or region and only reports national issues on an incidental basis that is relevant to such local or regional matters.”
131D At end insert— 10) A publisher who operates as a non-charitable campaigning organisation and is publishing material incidental to the organisation’s aims and objectives.”
131E At end insert— 11 ) A publisher who does not exceed the definition of a small or medium- sized enterprise as defined in sections 382 and 465 of the Companies Act 2006.”
Just because the amendments are sensible and widely supported doesn’t mean they will pass…
*Evan Harris told the Open Rights Group that he wanted to see Guido regulated. Can’t imagine why…