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Purpose of this consultation
The Government is seeking views on:
- Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013; and
- Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry.
Who this consultation is aimed at
We welcome comments from individuals and organisations who have an interest in press self-regulation, including the press, the public, campaigners, representative organisations, self-regulators and professionals advising in this field.
Why we are publishing this consultation
The previous Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport announced in October 2015 that he was not minded to commence section 40 at that particular time. The government has received various representations from interested parties since then and this consultation seeks to better understand the different views being offered and ensure we are engaging with the widest possible audience as we consider next steps.
As the last of the relevant criminal cases associated with the subject matter of the Leveson Inquiry is entering its final stages, it is an appropriate time to seek views on Part 2 and consider whether it is still appropriate, proportionate and in the public interest.