Regulation is Freedom: phone hacking, press regulation and the Leveson Inquiry – the story so far

Fenton, Natalie. 2018. Regulation is Freedom: phone hacking, press regulation and the Leveson Inquiry – the story so far. Communications Law, 23(3), ISSN 1746-7616 [Article]

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In March 2018 the culture minister Matt Hancock announced the government’s response (DCMS 2018) to the public consultation on the Leveson Inquiry and its implementation. The government declared that it will repeal Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 and will not continue with the Leveson Inquiry Part 2 that was supposed to consider corrupt relations between police and media and was unable to proceed at the time because of court cases that were ongoing. It was an announcement designed clearly to put the Leveson recommendations to bed once and for all. This article recounts the twists and turns of recent history in relation to press regulation in the UK. Tracing back seven years ago to when the Hacking scandal first broke, and the Leveson Inquiry was launched, it considers how the relationship between press and politicians has developed, how the relationship between freedom of the press and press regulation has been defined and what lies ahead.

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Media, Communications and Cultural Studies
Media, Communications and Cultural Studies > Goldsmiths Leverhulme Media Research Centre


26 July 2018Accepted
1 September 2018Published

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27 Jul 2018 14:36

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29 Apr 2020 16:48

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