A major inquiry into the many misdeed of Britain’s diverse, raucous press in the autumn of 2011 has called for legislation to underpin a new system of self-regulation of the press, independent of industry, politicians and governments.
Following nearly nine months of evidence taking, including from over 300 witness in person, the government commissioned inquiry led by Lord Justice Leveson outlined in its 1,987 page report its proposals for the creation of a body that would uphold the “highest standards of journalism” as well as protecting the rights of members of the public.
The closely watched inquiry was established in the wake of the public outcry that followed the revelation that the mobile phone of the murdered school had been hacked by journalists at the News of World tabloid, part of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. The remit of the inquiry into the “culture, practices and ethics of the press,” went beyond just examining the press to include its relationship with the public, police and politicians. It is the 7th inquiry to be conducted into the British press in the past 70 years.
Leveson rejected industry proposal for a revamped version of the existing system of self-regulation, arguing that any body with editors was simply not independent enough. “The press needs a regulatory body independent of governments, politicians and industry.”
I am not on a great witch hunt, i am anxious to investigate what has gone wrong in an industry in which there is an enormous amount that goes right.