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Leveson inquiry continues

Leveson inquiry continues

Today the Leveson Inquiry has heard more revelations regarding the behaviour of the British tabloid press.

To summarise, witnesses today included Christopher Jefferies, who was falsely accused and vilified by the media as the killer of Joanna Yates; Ian Hurst, a former British army intelligence officer whose computers was allegedly hacked by the News of the World in order to obtain details of an IRA informer; Jane Winter, a peace and human rights campaigner in Ireland; Anne Diamond, a former television presenter; and Charlotte Church, a singer who was thrust into the limelight at a very young age. You can read coverage of the whole thing here.

Jeffries related that he felt as if he were under "house arrest" after his arrest by police and that he had to stay with numerous friends to avoid media scrutiny, feeling "rather as if I was a recusant priest at the time of the Reformation, going from safe house to safe house".

Hurst disclosed that when BBC Panorama came to investigate the phone hacking scandal and spoke to him, he told them that he belied his computer had been hacked. The BBC presented him with a seven-page fax displaying information taken from his computer that had been forwarded to The News of the World. Hurst made a statement in the documentary asserting that Andy Coulson was 'big pals' with police officers. He told the inquiry today: "That is exactly what you are dealing with here ladies and gentlemen - corruption."

Charlotte Church disclosed how the press tailed her from an early age, how the tabloids reported her mother's attempted suicide and how Rupert Murdoch offered her favourable press if she sang at his wedding.

It is unsurprising that the Leveson Inquiry has been generating such heated reactions from the media community.

Sources: The Guardian (1), (2)



Katherine Travers


2011-11-28 19:21

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