Those not paying very, very close attention, may mistakenly have thought that the Leveson Inquiry was done and dusted, the subsequent row about regulation of the press over. Not only is that far from the case, but we now have reached a critical juncture. A seemingly innocuous clause in nearly four year old legislation hangs over the press like a guillotine.
Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 relates to costs in libel and privacy cases against newspapers and has not been implemented. Yet.
There is currently a judicial review legal challenge, brought by two victims of phone hacking and the online publication Byline, that is seeking to force its implementation as well as calling for the start of the next part of the Leveson Inquiry. The government is now waiting for the result of that Judicial Review before making any further decisions.
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