Leveson: Bloggers and tweeters must not be above the law

Lord Justice Leveson Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

Lord Justice Leveson has called for international cooperation to ensure that bloggers and tweeters are not above the law when it comes to illegal and unethical standards of journalism.

In an address as part of his Australian lecture tour, he warned there was a "pernicious and false" belief that the law did not apply to the internet.

He also said there was a chance that mainstream journalists might be tempted to break the law or infringe privacy "in order to steal a march on bloggers and tweeters".

Newspapers, he warned, may even move their bases overseas to dodge UK laws in the future.