MPs will begin removing the “sword of Damocles” hanging over newspapers as the Media Bill is debated in Parliament for the first time today.
The Media Bill also seeks to modernise UK broadcasting and introduces new regulations for on-demand video services to protect children.
“It is our job to enact reforms that keep our broadcasters at the top of their game in the years ahead.
She will add: “This Bill has media freedom at its core.
“Section 40, and the possibility of publishers having to pay the legal costs of the people who sue them, even if they win, has hung over our media like a Sword of Damocles.
“This Bill removes the sword for good.”