Leveson urges new press rules

Lord Justice Leveson has recommended further press regulation, underpinned by law, in his long-awaited report.

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Hunt 'always accepted' lessons needed to be learned

Former Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: PA Wire

Reacting to Lord Justice Leveson's findings, Mr Hunt said: "I welcome the fact the report states that not only was there no evidence of actual bias on my part in the handling of the BSkyB bid but that I put in place robust systems to ensure it would be handled with impartiality.

"However, I have always accepted lessons needed to be learned, in particular with respect to the role of special advisers, which is why guidance has since been issued."

Civil liberties group against 'last-resort compulsory statutory press regulation'

Leveson's main proposal makes sense for the public, press and politicians alike.

The press sets up a robust body - independent of Government and serving editors - and earns legal protections from needless challenges in court. The public gets confidence of greater access to justice and redress when things go wrong.

What nobody needs and Liberty cannot support is any last-resort compulsory statutory press regulation - coming at too high a price in a free society.

– Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Liberty

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Press has 'wreaked havoc' with lives of innocent people

Lord Justice Leveson condemns decades of "outrageous" behaviour by newspapers and suggests the press has ignored its own code of conduct on too many occasions.

In his report, he writes:

There have been too many times when, chasing the story, parts of the press have acted as if its own code, which it wrote, simply did not exist.

This has caused real hardship, and on occasion, wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people whose rights and liberties have been disdained.

This is not just the famous but ordinary members of the public, caught up in events (many of them truly tragic) far larger than they could cope with but made much, much worse by press behaviour that, at times, can only be described as outrageous.

– Leveson report
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