Scottish press regulation report to be published
A report into the future of press regulation in Scotland is due to be published later today following the deliberations of a committee chaired by former high court judge and solicitor general Lord McCluskey.
A five person panel of senior lawyers and journalists was assembled at the behest of First Minister Alex Salmond in the wake of the Leveson Report on the press, publication of which stimulated cross-party discussion as to how this could be implemented under Scots law.
Leveson had argued in his report that an independent regulator needed to be established that was underpinned by legislation but this is an area devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
A Scottish Government spokesperson said: “The report by the expert group, led by Lord McCluskey on how the Leveson recommendations could be applied in the Scottish context is expected to be published on Friday and we will continue discussions with other parties on the next steps."
The House of Commons is to hold a vote on Monday over plans to establish a press regulator overseen by royal charter although this is likely to be defeated by Labour and Liberal Democrat MPs demanding statutory legislation instead.
Prime Minister David Cameron has been much criticised since yesterday walking away from cross party talks on proposals to be put forward about press regulation to the UK parliament yesterday.