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