Rights Bill will protect free press

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Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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A British Bill of Rights promised by the Tories will include protections for the free press, Culture Secretary Sajid Javid has promised.

Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged that a Conservative-only government after next May’s general election would scrap the Human Rights Act and replace it with a Bill of Rights and Responsibilities giving MPs the power to overrule the European Court of Rights.

In a speech to the Society of Editors in Southampton, Mr Javid was due to say that European legislation had “not done enough to protect journalists who play such a unique role in our society”.

He was due to add: “If we receive a majority at the next election, a Conservative government will scrap Labour’s Human Rights Act and deliver a new British Bill of Rights and Responsibilities … And today I’m delighted to announce that I have agreed with the Justice Secretary that the British Bill of Rights will include specific protection for journalists and a free press.

“The Human Rights Act and the European Court of Human Rights have not done enough to protect journalists who play such a unique role in our society. Our British Bill of Rights will change that.”

In the wake of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards, the Government last year passed a Royal Charter intended to underpin a new press watchdog. However, the process has not won industry backing, and a number of newspapers have established an Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) which does not have the backing of the charter.

Published: Tuesday 11th November 2014 by The News Editor

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