New Clause 4 — Publication on matters of public interest

Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 4:15 pm on 12th September 2012.

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Photo of Stephen Phillips Stephen Phillips Conservative, Sleaford and North Hykeham 4:15 pm, 12th September 2012

I understand the hon. Gentleman’s point about the reporting of investigations, but is not one of the problems with the potential removal of paragraph (g) the fact that it essentially enables journalists to print almost anything, subject to the other conditions, without taking any steps to verify the truth of something that is not under investigation? If the paragraph is removed from the Bill, it will amount to a charter for libel.