Thursday, 11 December 2014

Tom Watson MP, Second Annual Leveson Lecture; Unfinished Business

News: Tom Watson MP, Second Annual Leveson Lecture; Unfinished Business – Tamsin Turk | Inforrm's Blog: "Areas for future parliamentary consideration: Tom Watson identified four main areas:

All political parties to comply with the Leveson recommendations concerning their members’ contact with senior journalists, editors and proprietors.

Ensure real plurality in the British news media with no market dominance that denies the public that plurality.

Protect the freedoms that true public interest journalism requires to promote democracy. For example, safeguarding the European Convention on Human Rights, amending the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (to safeguard journalists’ sources as per the Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984) and bolster obligations under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for more timely disclosure of information.

Fulfill assurances given to victims concerning press self-regulation, including manifesto commitment to take action on any ‘Failure Report’ produced by the Press Recognition Panel.

In conclusion, Tom Watson called for editors and proprietors to take note of public opinion. He said that standards of British journalism would be restored and that

“…as Lord Justice Leveson showed, this can and will be done while at the same time freedom of expression in this country is enhanced.”" 'via Blog this'

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