Best of from 2012. UK's Leveson Inquiry plays cat and mouse with public interest over the Murdoch press investigation into MMR. It has been said that vaccines are the greatest cause of coincidence known to man. What was extraordinary about...
Steve Coogan says he was subject of a 'sociopathic sting' by then News of the World editor Andy Coulson Glenn Mulcaire's notes contain details of Coogan's girlfriends, his bank account number, his bank transactions and his pin number Elle Macpherson's accused adviser she blamed for press leaks of being an alcoholic. Show More Summary
The hacking trial has caused a political storm – with the prime minister denying that he’s ever even met someone called Andy Coulson and Ed Miliband on the verge of calling an inquiry into the Leveson inquiry (to be followed with an inquiry into the cost of all these damned inquiries). But what did we [...]
MILLER UNDER FIRE OVER ADVISER AUDIO Culture secretary Maria Miller is under more pressure after the Daily Telegraph released a recording of a government adviser raising the Leveson Inquiry during a conversation with a journalist about Miller's expenses. Show More Summary
A secretly made recording of Rupert Murdoch talking to his staff at the height of the Leveson inquiry into his newspapers' extensive, illegal hacking of crime victims' and celebrities' phones, and bribery of police officers, suggests...Show More Summary
The web domain pressfreedom.org.uk was registered by me in the wake of the Leveson Inquiry into press ethics, and the subsequent threat of state regulation of the British press. Dormant until now, the pressfreedom.org.uk address points directly to this post. Since Brian Leveson published his report in November 2012 there have been moves by the [...]
The Independent reports that the UK Serious Organised Crime Agency supplied secret evidence to the Leveson Inquiry (on phone-hacking by newspapers) saying that many other groups in the UK routinely engaged in criminal, invasive hacking through private investigations firms.
During the Leveson Inquiry the press was on its best behaviour - as lots of politicians, various celebrities and the odd real person trooped in to give their evidence on what needed to be done - to drive up standards of behaviour. One...Show More Summary
Would we be allowed to publish this gossip if Lord Leveson has his way with the press? Two key lawyers at the Leveson Inquiry…
News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch was grilled for more than three hours by the Leveson Inquiry on phone hacking and media ethics on Wednesday in London, testifying that his frequent private meetings with British politicians are just part of "the game" and that the editorial influence he wields over his newspapers is "overestimated." With his [...]
In a fascinating piece for the spiked review of books, Mick Hume finds strong clues as to he source not only of Britain's sudden push for press regulation but also the details of the rules proposed by the Leveson Inquiry. The road map...Show More Summary
By John Stone Age of Autism has been highlighting the mis-directed UK media abuse inquiry headed by Lord Justice Leveson. Ostensibly set up after public concerns about intrusive journalism and political cronyism the inquiry somehow concluded a fortnight ago with...
There were few surprises in the report from the 16 month Leveson inquiry into “the culture, practices and ethics” of the British press, but it did make a refreshing change to see some long-overdue attention paid to how women are (mis)represented in U.K. Show More Summary
On Thursday Lord Justice Leveson handed down his report into the British media. The Leveson inquiry was set up in the wake of the Murdoch media phone-hacking scandal and was tasked to interrogate "the culture, practice and ethics ofShow More Summary
You know those films where a couple spend the first two acts hating each other until, possibly at night when it is raining, they realise they have been in love all along? It seems that following the Leveson Inquiry report, a winter romance is developing between the Mail on Sunday and the Human Rights Act. [...]
The Guardian has posted an essay by J. K. Rowling regarding UK Prime Minister David Cameron's decision to reject the Leveson proposal to regulate the news media. Rowling and other victims of the press participated in the Leveson Inquiry in 2011 to assess the ethics of the British press, following a phone hacking scandal. Show More Summary
In the United Kingdom, the Leveson Inquiry into the "culture, practice and ethics of the press" has released its long-awaited awaited report, and the result is pretty much as expected (PDF): Assurances as to the value of a free press, coupled with calls for regulation of the press backed by law. Show More Summary
Every cloud, even one as large and grey as the Leveson Inquiry's report, has a silver lining. And Leveson's is that Shami Chakrabarti, having been a key adviser in this authoritarian process, can never again pose as Britain's Queen of Liberty; she can never again hold forth, complete with wobbling lip, on how important it [...]
By John Stone As predicted on Age of Autism Lord Justice Leveson has used the inquiry initiated to investigate press abuse of ordinary citizens to authorise a power grab for government bureaucrats and industry lobbyists over science reporting – a...
The coverage of Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into phone hacking by the British press, released on Thursday, have focused on its findings of pervasive misdeeds, especially at Rupert Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World, and its recommendation that a powerful new government watchdog is necessary to prevent future abuses. Lost ... More »