THE implementation of Section 40 could mean a painful end for regional newspapers such as the Rotherham Advertiser.
The proposed legislation could see media companies forced to pay the legal costs of both sides in libel and privacy cases, even when an action has been successfully defended.
The Advertiser has served the people of Rotherham for almost 160 years. It is part of the fabric of life here as are papers all over the country.
Press regulator accused of bias against papers
Senior members of Impress, the only approved press regulator, have attacked the media regularly in the past few months, bringing the body’s own independence into question, it was claimed yesterday.
Information compiled by the News Media Association, which represents national and local newspapers, shows that some officials at Impress have tweeted or retweeted criticisms against the press and the BBC frequently.
The regulator was approved by the Press Recognition Panel, a body funded by the government, late last year. However, its members so far are mainly small websites and do not include any national newspapers