Saturday, 5 January 2013


Leveson Inquiry:

"The Leveson Inquiry is a judicial public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal, chaired by Lord Justice LevesonThe Inquiry published the Leveson Report in November 2012, which reviewed the general culture and ethics of the British media, and made recommendations for a new, independent, body to replace the existing Press Complaints Commission, which would be recognised by the state through new laws."

"On 20 July 2011, Cameron announced in a speech to Parliament the final terms of reference of Leveson's inquiry, stating that it will extend beyond newspapers to include broadcasters and social media."

"337 witnesses were called and about 300 other statements made".

"Leveson found that the existing Press Complaints Commission is not sufficient, and recommends a new independent body, which would have a range of sanctions available to it".

"Talks regarding implementation between politicians and the press are to start in December 2012, and Lord Hunt, the current chair of the PCC, said the new regulator should be set up by summer 2013"

Source: Leveson Inquiry

Source: telegraph

Source: telegraph

News International Phone Hacking Scandal:

"News International phone-hacking scandal — dubbed "Hackgate", "Rupertgate", or "Murdochgate" by the press — is an ongoing controversy involving the defunct News of the World and other British newspapers published by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation. Employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hackingpolice bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of publishing stories."

"Public pressure later forced News Corporation to cancel its proposed takeover of the British telecommunications company BSkyB."

"The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe on 14 July 2011, to determine whether News Corporation accessed voicemails of victims of the 9/11 attacks."

"[Rupert Murdoch is] not a fit person to exercise the stewardship of a major international company."

"The closure of the News of the World after 168 years in print was the first significant effect of the scandal."

"In response to the unfolding controversy all of the below pulled their advertisements from the News of the World:"
Virgin Holidays
The Co-operative Group
Ford Motor Company
General Motors (owner ofVauxhall Motors)
EE (T-Mobile and Orange)
Deutsche Telekom
France Telecom
Lloyds Banking Group
RWE (owner of Npower)

"James Murdoch conceded the paper was "sullied by behaviour that was wrong", saying "if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company."

"There was immediate speculation that News International will launch a Sunday edition of The Sun to replace its sister paper News of the World. The Sun on Sunday was launched on 26 February 2012."

"4000 Victims".

"A full-page apology ad published in British newspapers by News International. The letter, signed by Rupert Murdoch, begins: "The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself."

"With the unfolding scandal at the News of the World came allegations that another News Corporation-owned tabloid, The Sun, itself engaged in phone hacking."

"The effect of the phone hacking scandal originating with the News of the World also raised wider questions about the ethics employed by companies under Murdoch's ownership, as well as the effects the scandal will have on the ethics employed specifically by print journalists and to some extent the wider world of journalism"

"Karl Grossman, a professor of journalism at State University of New York at Old Westbury, accused Murdoch of building the most "dishonest, unprincipled and corrupt" media empire in history and of "making a travesty of what journalism is supposed to be about."

Source: News International phone hacking scandal

Source: indymedia

Source: whatsonxiamen

J.K.Rowling Witness Statement; Leveson Inquiry: