Press Regulation — Question

Part of the debate – in the House of Lords at 3:04 pm on 26th January 2016.

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Photo of Lord Lester of Herne Hill Lord Lester of Herne Hill Liberal Democrat 3:04 pm, 26th January 2016

My Lords, is the Minister aware that in its first year IPSO, supported by most newspapers, is establishing itself as being independent and effective under the chairmanship of Sir Alan Moses? It deals efficiently with complaints and makes instructions, which the press obey, to publish corrections even on the front pages of their newspapers. Does it therefore not follow that the Government should do nothing to undermine that system while it is being developed and certainly should be very careful, as the Minister has indicated, about introducing sanctions like arbitrary costs or punitive damages that people such as myself believe are likely to fall foul of press freedom and the European Convention on Human Rights?