← back to all news Government commitment to terminate Leveson and repeal S40 sees NMA settle legal action
Following the Government’s termination of the Leveson Inquiry and commitment to repeal Section 40 the News Media Association has settled its legal action against the Press Recognition Panel.
An NMA spokesperson said: “The NMA has decided to settle its legal action against the Press Recognition Panel. The results of the Government consultation on S40 coupled with the Government’s commitment to repeal S40 mean that no useful purpose would be served in continuing with the action. In the unlikely event that any future Government would seek to implement S40 or any variation on it, the NMA reserves the right to challenge such a decision in the Courts.”
The NMA maintains that the PRP’s decision to recognise IMPRESS was deeply flawed. At the time of the High Court judgement in October 2017, the NMA stated that no significant publishers had signed up to IMPRESS and none would do so. The national and regional newspaper and magazine industry has a robust and effective self-regulatory system in place through IPSO, to which 1500 print titles and 1100 websites are signed up.
News Media Association
The News Media Association is the voice of national, regional and local news media organisations in the UK – a £5 billion sector read by 48 million adults every month in print and online. The Government announced on 1 March 2018 that it would formally close the Leveson Inquiry and would not commence Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, seeking its repeal at the earliest opportunity, after the public rejected both measures.
The one-day hearing for the appeal against the outcome of the judicial review of the Press Recognition Panel’s decision to recognise IMPRESS was to be held on 17 January 2019.