What would Section 40 do to the British press?
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What would Section 40 do to the British press?

The public consultation on press regulation has closed and soon ministers will have to decide whether to enact a controversial piece of legislation.

Section 40 of the crime and courts act, if implemented, could see newspapers forced to pay legal costs in libel and privacy cases, even if they won, if they don't sign up to an officially approved regulator.

The newspapers say it's affront to a free press, while pro-privacy campaigners say it's the only way to ensure a scandal like phone-hacking, can't happen again.

Sunday Politics reporter Ellie Price has been reading all about it.

  • 15 Jan 2017
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