The Register has spoken out about its concerns over Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act. In early January, after a consultation, the Government is currently mulling whether to enact the legislation which would impose libel and privacy cost penalties on publishers who aren’t part of a Royal Charter-backed press regulator.
You can read more about it over at The Register: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/10/section_40_consultation_closing_please_write_ukgov/
Drew Cullen, Situation Publishing’s editor-in-chief, was also interviewed by Press Gazette, where he said:
“Section 40 changes the game completely in terms of the risk it places on publishers. We’ve had reputation management consultants ring us up asking to have stories removed, we’ve had letters…we can deal with that.
“If someone comes in and says you have to go to arbitration. If you don’t do this we’re going to sue you. That will be a weapon for reputation management consultants. Section 40 is an instrument for the rich and powerful. It is being sold as something for the poor and meek, it is no such thing.”
You can read the full article here http://www.pressgazette.co.uk/tech-editor-warns-news-publishers-working-with-google-and-facebook-are-like-the-frog-in-boiling-water/.