27th November 2023
Impress CEO asks for new cost-protection legislation for publishers in letter to Culture Secretary

Impress asks for new cost-protection legislation for publishers in letter to Culture Secretary

Impress Chief Executive Officer Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana has written to Lucy Frazer, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, asking for new legislation that provides robust cost protections for journalists be prioritised.

In a recent press release published on the Government website, Frazer hailed the new Media Bill for having ‘media freedoms at its core’ and removing Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013.

However, as Section 40 was never enacted, removing it does nothing to improve press freedoms for journalists and publishers. Only new, robust cost-protections will do that.

In her letter, Kirkconnell-Kawana said: “Given Section 40 has never been enacted, repealing it does nothing to improve media freedoms.

“Rather it removes any potential cost protection for the 200+ news brands that have voluntarily signed up to recognised self-regulation and leaves all publishers as vulnerable to the spectre of SLAPPs and other pernicious legal threats used by the powerful to stifle necessary public interest journalism as they have been for decades.

“We therefore ask that the Government act quickly to introduce measures that actually protects the freedoms of publishers and allows them to hold power to account in the public interest.”

You can read the full letter to Lucy Frazer below.

FULL LETTER

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