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Leveson Update

Last week, The Royal Courts of Justice had 2 days of hearings challenging the way the government ditched Part 2 of The Leveson Inquiry, which would have especially focussed on relationships between journalists and the police. The legal efforts are grassroots funded with over £100,000 through the “Hacked Off’ campaign.

Below are excerpts from Hacked Off briefings, providing a summary of events:

“Helen Mountfield QC, representing the claimants, set out their case and gave a history of the promises victims received after the Leveson Report (Part One) was published.

“Special attention was given to a meeting on the 21st November 2012 where the former Prime Minister, David Cameron, personally committed to finishing the Inquiry.

“No one in court could dispute that the former Prime Minister made that promise, both privately and publicly. It remains to be seen whether the judge agrees cancelling the Inquiry and refusing to honour that commitment was in fact unlawful.

“The Government’s capitulation to newspaper owners over the cancellation of the Inquiry, before it has been allowed to finish its work, was an act of extraordinary cowardice.

“Without Leveson Part Two, no newspaper executive will be held accountable for the illegality, misconduct and abuse that so many people have suffered at the hand of the press.

“A judgement expected before Christmas.”

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