Press freedom, the lifeblood of democracy, is under attack.
But you can do something about it.
The British government has opened up a public consultation on the next stage of the Leveson Inquiry. It is asking us two questions. Should the government implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013? And should the government go ahead with Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry?
We say an emphatic NO to both of these questions. And we think you should make your voice heard too.
Fill out the form below to respond to the consultation.
Find out more about Section 40 and Leveson Part 2 at the bottom of the page, and read the government's full consultation here.
Under Section 40, the government would enforce heavier costs on newspapers and magazines that haven’t signed up to state-approved regulation and which find themselves in a court case in the future. For almost 350 years, since the scrapping of the licensing system for the press, the press in Britain has been largely free. Section 40 would reverse this great historic gain. It must not be implemented.
Leveson Part 2
Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry would examine the press’s relationship with the police and other public officials. This would further problematise, and even stigmatise, the right of journalists to speak with police officers, politicians and other officials. Freezing relations between intrepid journalists and sections of the state has the potential to undermine investigative journalism, and to protect people in power from scrutiny.
For a free press
A free press is the means through which we find out about the world and what our leaders are up to; it is too precious a gift to allow it to be tamed and tempered. Stand up for 350 years of liberty for the press against these new proposals to restrain it.