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The Times: 'Don't makes newspapers join approved regulator, say MPs'

NEWS Media Association deputy chief executive Lynne Anderson has called for an immediate repeal of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act where newspapers risk having to pay legal costs of libel cases against them, even if they win.

In an article in The Times today, she said Section 40 would have a “hugely negative impact on a free press and freedom of speech”.

The Times reports that an influential group of MPs say that newspapers “should be spared laws forcing them to pay legal costs in libel cases if they roll out a scheme of low-cost arbitration within a year”.

The Commons culture committee also proposes that the Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso), which represents most national and local papers, should be the “preferred” regulator instead of Impress, the body funded by Max Mosley, which was officially approved last year and which has very few members, reports The Times.

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