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LEVESON REPORT – WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Lord Justice Leveson will publish his Report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press today at 1.30pm.

The enquiry was set up after the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World and today Lord Leveson will give his recommendations on what form of regulation is needed in the media going forward.

Specifically, Leveson is looking into the culture, practices and ethics of the press across four main areas.

These are:

1.

The relationship between the press and the public. Looking at phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour.

2.

The relationships between the press and police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest.

3.

The relationship between press and politicians.

4.

Recommendations for a more effective policy and regulation that supports the integrity and freedom of the press while encouraging the highest ethical standards.

Leveson’s report is expected to contain major criticisms not just of the press but also of the Metropolitan police over their handling of the phone-hacking scandal and relations with the media.

Conservative sources have said that the Lib Dems are in favour of strict state regulation of the media and Nick Clegg, Lib Dem leader, had made a request to the Speaker to see if he can make his own public statement after Cameron gives his response in the Commons today. Clegg and Cameron both received copies of the report on Wednesday morning so have had time to review and discuss with senior Ministers.

COMMENT BUT NOT INFLUENCE – TWITTER – TRENDING LAST NIGHT it was like the night before Christmas – one tweet I found particularly amusing was from Jane Trevithick @MrsTrevithick

‘Twas the night before Leveson and all through the land Not a creature was stirring, for leaks they were banned.

Here Lis Howell from City University talk about the Leveson Inquiry here…

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