Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana, Head of Regulation at IMPRESS gives evidence to DCMS Online Safety Inquiry


Last week IMPRESS’s Head of Regulation Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana provided evidence to the DCMS Sub-committee on Online Harms and Disinformation in the context of their inquiry into the government's draft Online Safety Bill. 

The Sub-Committee is currently investigating online safety and online harms, including concerns that the definition of harm is now too narrow and may fail to address issues such as non-state intervention in elections, racist abuse and content that contributes to self-harm and negative body image. It is also exploring key omissions of the draft Online Safety Bill, including those surrounding journalistic content, and how any gaps can be filled before the Bill is finalised. 

Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana spoke about the protections for online journalism outlined in the Bill, highlighting the need for any proposed journalistic exemption to be rooted in a definition of journalism that protects more than a very narrow band of the sector, and for the Bill to carry clear terms of reference as to the quality and standard of journalism that it seeks to protect. 

Watch the full session via the ParliamentLive website