The national, regional and local newspaper industry – and journalism itself – is under attack from those seeking to control and silence the press through the introduction of crippling costs sanctions in Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013. This legislation represents a direct attack on the principle of free speech.   

Free speech organisations, publishers, students and members of the public have voiced their objections to the proposed regulatory regime under Section 40. A selection of submissions to the Government on press regulation follows: