PN270104E

IMMEDIATE

TUESDAY 27 JANUARY 2004

MEDIA TO GIVE EVIDENCE TO LORDS INQUIRY INTO PROPOSED LAWS AFFECTING DEFAMATION AND PRIVACY

The House of Lords EU Committee will examine media organisations' concerns about a proposed EU law which would have an impact on international civil disputes, including defamation actions.

The "Rome II" proposal sets out rules for which country's law applies in such disputes. The media is concerned that Rome II would create an unworkable and uncertain legal regime.

The evidence session may cover the proposals' likely impact on free speech and investigative journalism and implications for electronic publishing.

EVIDENCE SESSION

The witnesses to EU Sub-Committee E on Wednesday 4th February at 4.15pm in Room 4* are:

  • Alastair Brett, Legal Manager, The Times

  • Santha Rasaiah, Political, Editorial and Regulatory Affairs Director from the Newspaper Society

  • Clare Hoban, Solicitor −  Head of Public and Legal Affairs, Periodical Publishers Association

  • Glenn Del Medico, Head of Programme Legal Advice, BBC

NOTES FOR EDITORS:

*Please note: room allocations can change at short notice. Please call Shaun Connor on 020 7219 5791 to check latest room allocation.

1. This meeting is open to the public. Access is via St Stephen's Entrance, Palace of Westminster. Allow 10 minutes to pass through security checks.

2. The Committee is examining Proposal for a Regulation of the European Parliament and the Council on the law applicable to non-contractual obligations (Rome II) (Com(2003) 427 Final)

3. The Members of the EU Sub-Committee E on Law and Institutions are: Lord Scott of Foscote (Chairman), Lord Brennan, Lord Neill of Bladen, Lord Clinton-Davis, Lord Denham, Lord Grabiner, Lord Henley, Lord Mayhew of Twysden, Baroness Thomas of Walliswood, Lord Thomson of Monifieth.

4. The Committee plans to conclude its inquiry before Easter.

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