Peers drop part of Leveson amendment

The House of Lords has dropped part of its amendment to the Defamation Bill which defeated the Government in a bid to introduce Leveson-style regulation on the press.

Peers earlier this month backed a low-cost arbitration service as recommended by Lord Justice Leveson. However, they have excluded the requirement for pre-publication checks, which would force newspapers to seek independent regulatory approval of stories which might involve invasion of privacy or libel.

The rest of the amendment remains in tact following an unopposed third reading but ministers are expected to try and remove it altogether when the bill returns to the Commons.

(Source: MediaGuardian)

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