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Statement on Lord McCluskey report into press regulation

15 March 2013 | tagged News release

Society President and Glasgow-based media lawyer Austin Lafferty said: "The report of the expert group headed by Lord McCluskey will hopefully rebuild public confidence in the media.

"As a long-standing media lawyer, I am well aware that developments in technology have brought new methods of potential intrusion. In my experience, journalists generally act with professional responsibility and self-discipline. However, clear boundaries must be set, with robust sanctions imposed where necessary.

"Equally, free speech must be protected and we already have libel and defamation laws that work effectively.

"I look forward to considering the report in more detail but broadly welcome the group's approach and conclusions, which must now be considered by parliament. I hope whatever regulatory regime is adopted will allow a fresh start for all."

15 March 2013

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