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Leveson could hurt investigative journalism. What do you think?

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, thinks some proposals in the Leveson Report could ‘chill’ investigative journalism. Tell us what you think.

Lord Justice Leveson has proposed tighter rules on collecting personal data – for example, restricting investigative journos to collecting info to that which is only absolutely necessary for a particular story that is due for transmission or publication. Until now, the data protection rules have given journos more room to collect secret data whilst preparing a piece.

Information Commissioner, Christopher Graham, is the official watchdog of data protection and freedom of information laws. Having reviewed the Leveson Report, he has said that its proposals on data protection could mean, effectively, that he regulated the Press. He said the impact of Leveson’s suggestions should not be underestimated.

In the meantime, lobby group, Hacked Off,  is again calling for a law that introduces press regulation. Worried that the Leveson Report will be lost in the mists of time, it has published a dummy “Leveson Bill” which, it says, will safeguard press freedom whilst protecting the public from press abuses. Hacked Off is supported by High Grant and Steve Coogan.

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