The Media Lawyers Association is an association of in-house media lawyers from many of the UK’s leading newspapers, broadcasters, book publishers, magazines and representative bodies (including the News Media Association). MLA members cover national, regional and local news media organisations across the UK. The MLA’s purpose is to promote and protect the fundamental right to freedom of expression and the right of everyone to impart and receive information, ideas and opinions. As part of this, the MLA engages in public consultations on matters that affect the media including proposed legislation impacting freedom of expression. It also intervenes selectively in legal proceedings where principles relating to open justice are at stake.