Monday, 31 December 2012

LEVESON INQURY

Following the News of the World phone hacking scandal, the Leveson Inquiry quickly took off, investigating whether what's released in the press/internet should be audited and controlled more heavily, to protect the 'victims' who have been hurt and invaded over the past decade, and to help improve control in the future.

The official website shows transcripts of all the hearings, from all victims and speaker, a long with witness statements and videos. The report is available online also. 

Official Website: levesoninquiry
This is the official site of the Leveson Inquiry. It aims to provide the latest information on the Inquiry, including details of hearings and evidence, to the public and interested parties.

Background

The Prime Minister announced a two-part inquiry investigating the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal, on 13 July 2011.
Lord Justice Leveson was appointed as Chairman of the Inquiry.  The first part will examine the culture, practices and ethics of the media. In particular, Lord Justice Leveson will examine the relationship of the press with the public, police and politicians.  He is assisted by a panel of six independent assessors with expertise in key issues being considered by the Inquiry.
The Inquiry has been established under the Inquiries Act 2005 and has the power to summon witnesses.  It is expected that a range of witnesses, including newspaper reporters, management, proprietors, police officers and politicians of all parties will give evidence under oath and in public.
It will make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.
Lord Justice Leveson opened the hearings on 14 November 2011, saying: “The press provides an essential check on all aspects of public life. That is why any failure within the media affects all of us. At the heart of this Inquiry, therefore, may be one simple question: who guards the guardians?”
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Source: levesoninquiry

A copy of Lord Justice Leveson’s statement has been published at Remarks by Lord Justice Leveson – 29 November 2012 (pdf, 36KB)
Copies of the report can be pre-ordered from The Stationery Office (TSO) by going via their online shop http://www.tsoshop.co.uk/or calling the Parliamentary customer services hotline on 0845 7023474."

Key Points raised in the video regarding the inquiry and the report, as noted by myself:






Hearings:

Hearings started in Sept 2011, and ran through until July 2012.
Below shows the obscene amount of hearings on a month by month basis.

SEP 11    - 2
OCT        - 3
NOV     - 20
DEC      - 22
JAN 12 - 26
FEB       - 18
MAR     - 30
APR       - 13
MAY      - 32
JUN       - 12
JUL        - 18

In total: 196 hearings over 11 months.

Source: Hearings


Process
The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press is running in four modules. These are:
  • Module 1: The relationship between the press and the public and looks at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour.
  • Module 2: The relationships between the press and police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest.
  • Module 3: The relationship between press and politicians.
  • Module 4: Recommendations for a more effective policy and regulation that supports the integrity and freedom of the press while encouraging the highest ethical standards.


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