What is the Leveson Inquiry?• The inquiry has been led by a senior judge, Lord Justice Leveson.• The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has published its report. Here are the key points.Briefly:• New self-regulation body recommended• Independent of serving editors, government and business• No widespread corruption of police by the press found• Politicians and press have been too close• Press behaviour, at times, has been outrageous
• Leveson appointed a panel of six assessors to work alongside him on the Inquiry and six barristers to be Counsel to Inquiry.• The Inquiry is funded through two Government departments: the department for culture, media and sport and the home office.
• Core participants were designated by Leveson as being: News International, the Metropolitan Police, victims, Northern and Shell Network Ltd, Guardian News and Media Ltd, Associated Newspapers Ltd, Trinity Mirror, Telegraph Media Group and the National Union of Journalists. 51 victims were named by the Inquiry as of November 2011, comprising members of the public, politicians, sportsmen, other public figures, who may have been victims of media intrusion and have been granted "core participant" status in the inquiry.
• Leveson opened the hearings on Monday 14 November 2011.• Saying, "The press provides an essential check on all aspects of public life.• The full report was published physically and online 29 November 2012.
• The 14 September press release stated Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry would be addressing: “the culture, practices and ethics of the press, including contacts between the press and politicians and the press and the police; it is to consider the extent to which the current regulatory regime has failed and whether there has been a failure to act upon any previous warnings about media misconduct."
• and Part 2:“the extent of unlawful or improper conductwithin News International, other mediaorganisations or other organisations. It will alsoconsider the extent to which any relevant policeforce investigated allegations relating to NewsInternational, and whether the police receivedcorrupt payments or were otherwise complicitin misconduct."
Who is Leveson?• Lord Justice (Sir Brian) Leveson became a barrister in 1970 and QC 16 years later.• He was made a high court judge in 2000 and appointed to the court of appeal in 2006. As chairmen of the sentencing council, a position he still holds. He is responsible for criminal sentencing policy in England and Wales.
• Lord Leveson led the prosecution case against serial killer Rose West, who was jailed in 1995 for the murder of 10 women and girls and was the judge during the 2006 trail over the killing of 10-year-old London schoolboy Damilola Taylor.
My views• My views on the Lord Leveson inquiry are neutral, I neither agree or disagree with what is going on. Yes, I read and look at the news but the issues going on with the newspapers and phone hacking don’t really affect my life therefore I don’t mind what the outcome with the inquiry will be. I think the media should be able to post what they want in the papers and online with a few restrictions such as exploiting peoples lives for no reason.