A draft Royal Charter on Self-Regulation of the Press proposed in March 2013, along with amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill, following the Leveson Report published in November 2012. It establishes a framework for press regulation.
The wording of the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill mean that many websites would need to sign up to regulation, if a relevant regulator exists, else risk exposure to exemplary damages in court. At this time only regulation of high-profile news outlets is expected to be included.
- Draft Royal Charter dated 2013-10-11 (final)
- Draft Royal Charter dated 2013-03-18
- Draft Royal Charter dated 2013-03-15 (superseded)
Impact on internet-specific publishing
The wording of the amendments to the Crime and Courts Bill were wide enough to include some classes of website publisher, e.g. a group-edited advertising funded news blog that covered current affairs, may need to join a regulatory body if available to avoid the risk of exemplary damages.
- Royal Charter or Star Chamber For Stars?, Simon Phipps/ORG, 2013-03-19
- Bloggers and the new press regulation system, Ministry of Truth, 2013-03-20
- Hacked Off, the law, bloggers and small publishers, Hacked Off, 2013-02-20
- Further, regarding Hacked Off, ORG and the Leveson meeting last night, Alec Muffet, 2013-02-21
- Hacked Off calls for all non-profit publishers to be excluded from press self-regulation scheme, Hacked Off, 2013-03-22