LORDS

Hacked Off, NUJ and Media Standards Trust discuss press regulation

26 January 2015

In a bumper day of evidence sessions, the House of Lords Communications Committee will tomorrow hear from Hacked Off, the Regulatory Funding Company, the Media Standards Trust and the National Union of Journalists, in its bid to discover the current state of play on press regulation.

Witnesses

Tuesday 27 January, Committee Room 2, Palace of Westminster

At 3.30 pm

  • Hugh Tomlinson QC, media law barrister and Chairman, Hacked Off
  • Joan Smith, phone hacking victim and Executive Director, Hacked Off
  • Dr Evan Harris, Associate Director, Hacked Off

Possible lines of questioning

The witnesses are likely to face questions from the Committee on issues including:

  • Events leading up to the creation of Hacked Off, and the organisation’s funding arrangements
  • Its assessment of the recommendations made by the Leveson report, as well as the interpretation of those recommendations
  • Their opinion of the new regulators, IMPRESS and IPSO, and whether they will bring about any change in the current situation for their representatives

At 4.10 pm

  • Paul Vickers, Chairman, Regulatory Funding Company (RFC)

Possible lines of questioning

  • The RFC’s relationship to IPSO and the independence of the RFC
  • Clarification on the scope and ownership of the Editors’ Code of Practice

At 4.40 pm

  • Dr Martin Moore, Director, Media Standards Trust
  • Professor Chris Frost, Chair of the National Union of Journalists' Ethics Council

Possible lines of questioning

  • Their assessment of IPSO and IMPRESS
  • Their opinion on how clear the current process is for someone wishing to make a complaint against a newspaper
  • The impact of membership of IPSO on the local press
  • Whether there is any concern about the potential costs of arbitration for local and regional press

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