Keir Starmer

Leveson, guidelines for the prosecution of journalists

The director of public prosecutions told the Inquiry that a set of clear guidelines on prosecuting journalists would be drawn up.

Keir Starmer said there is currently no specific CPS policy or guidance relating to the prosecution of journalists, but outlined the various provisions prosecutors have to take into account, especially when journalists rely on the public interest defence.

"It seems to me that it would be prudent to have a policy that sets out in one place the factors that prosecutors will take into account when considering whether or not to prosecute journalists acting in the course of their work as journalists," he told the Inquiry.

He announced an interim policy to be put in place and consulted on for 12 weeks before a formal policy is drawn up.


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