Leveson appearance before MPs could help shift press regulation stalemate

Since presenting his 2,000-page report on the future of press regulation at the end of November last year, Lord Justice Leveson has rather unhelpfully maintained a dignified silence – other than to bat away the odd impertinent question about romantic links between two of the lawyers involved in his inquiry.
So it will come as good news to all involved that he looks set to return to our screens after being asked to give evidence to the Commons media select committee on the future of press regulation.
Discussions over the future of press regulation have currently ground to a halt. The majority of the newspaper and magazine industry has rejected the Royal Charter-backed system put forward by MPs in March, and the Government is doing its best to ignore a rival press regulation Royal Charter submitted to the Privy Council for approval in April.
I am sure both sides will find it extremely useful to know which system, if either, best conforms best to Leveson's vision for the future of press regulation.
Members of the culture, media and sport select committee agreed at a private meeting this morning to ask Leveson to appear before them.
It is hoped he will face their questions before the Commons rises for the summer recess on 18 July.
A spokeswoman for the judiciary said: "Lord Justice Leveson has not received any communication from the Culture, Media and Sport Committee.
"He will respond to the Committee if and when he does."



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