Leveson Response

The latest on the response to the publication of the Leveson Report, the inquiry into media ethics.

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More than 60,000 sign Hacked Off petition

More than sixty thousand people have now signed an online petition calling for the Leveson recommendations on press regulation to be implemented in full.

The petition was launched yesterday by the father of Madeleine McCann from Leicestershire. The Prime Minister says he's opposed to a press watchdog backed by law. Victims of phone hacking victims, including 7/7 hero Paul Dadge from Staffordshire, say they feel they have been let down.

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Calls for changes in the law after Leveson report

Gerry McCann has called on the Prime Minister to change his mind and give his backing for a new law to underpin the recommendations of the Leveson report.

The father of the missing Leicestershire schoolgirl has launched a petition in support of the victims of press intrusion.

David Cameron says parliament should resist bringing in a law **to regulate the press but political opponents including his own deputy Nick Clegg disagree.


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Gerry McCann gives support to petition for changes following Leveson report

Gerry McCann is giving his backing to the launch of a petition to put pressure on the authorities to implement the recommendations in the Leveson report.

Mr McCann and other victims of press intrusion say the proposals for a tough independent regulator to be underpinned by legislation should be implemented in full.

It follows the Prime Minister's statement in the Commons yesterday that he had 'misgivings' about introducing a new law .

Gerry McCann urges PM to 'do the right thing'

The father of missing Madeleine McCann said legal backing for any new system was the "minimum acceptable compromise for me and for many other victims" and urged the Prime Minister to "do the right thing".

He told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme: "I would have liked to have seen a properly independent regulation of the press, whereas I think he has given the press another opportunity of self-regulation."

It should be made compulsory and measures put in place make journalists more accountable, he said.

Kate and Gerry McCann arrive to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry last year. Credit: PA

He added: "But I do accept that full implementation of Lord (Justice) Leveson's report is the minimum acceptable compromise for me and I think for many other victims who have suffered at the hands of the press.

"The Prime Minister and our other elected politicians have an opportunity now to do the right thing. And if they do the right thing, for the public, then it will help restore a little confidence.

"I clearly respect his opinion but I personally disagree with the viewpoint and Lord (Justice) Leveson, as a senior law judge of our country, has made clear that what he is proposing is not a state-run press.

"It is a fine distinction but without the statutory underpinning this system will not work."


Kate and Gerry McCann were 'most serious' examples of 'egregious behaviour'

Lord Justice Leveson has referred to the treatment of Kate and Gerry McCann, by the press, in his inquiry report.

"The treatment of Drs Kate and Gerry McCann by the press were the 'most serious' examples of 'egregious behaviour'."

– Lord Justice Leveson

It followed the disappearance on 3 May 2007 of their daughter Madeleine in Praia da Luz Portugal.

Paragraph 27 in Executive summary of Leveson Report.

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