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Mass Media: Regulation

Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport written question – answered on 8th October 2019.

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Photo of Paul Farrelly Paul Farrelly Labour, Newcastle-under-Lyme

To ask the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, if she will include regulation of news publishers in her legislative proposals on online harms.

Photo of Matt Warman Matt Warman The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The Online Harms White Paper sets out our plans for world-leading legislation to make the UK the safest place in the world to be online, and to better protect the rights and wellbeing of users online. It will make companies more responsible for their users' safety online, especially children and other vulnerable groups.

A vibrant, independent, pluralistic and free press is essential to our democracy. As set out in the former Secretary of State's letter to the Society of Editors, the White Paper's proposals do not impact journalistic and editorial content and will not interfere with the current approach to press regulation.

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