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Leveson Inquiry: the Final Verdict

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After hearing testimony from an impressive number of key political figures, celebrities, the press and its victims, Lord Justice Leveson presented his report and recommendations today for the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

The most pertinent recommendation of the 2000-page report is its call for the establishment of an "independent self-regulatory regime" recognized by the law. But, it has also answered many of the cases and testimonials that were brought before the Inquiry, following the begininning of the UK phone-hacking scandal in early 2011.

Both Justice Leveson's findings and his suggestions on the future of the press have sparked a lively debate within Britain's ruling coalition government, the press, and the academic world. Here, Media@McGill has assembled a selection of links that provide insight and analysis into the most significant verdicts and reactions to the Inquiry.

  1. The Executive Summary of the report can be downloaded here, while all four volumes of the full report can be read here.
  2. Damian Tambini, LSE Media Policy Project Leader, who will be joining a panel on the Murdoch Affair and the Leveson Inquiry in Montreal on March 28, writes of Leveson's proposal to solve the problem of press bodies withdrawing from voluntary regulation. Read the article here.
  3. Nick Davies, the reporter responsible for breaking the phone-hacking story speaks of his initial thoughts of the report's findings here.
  4. The Guardian offers live coverage of the publication of the report and the court cases of Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson.
  5. The Financial Times writes of the tension within David Cameron's coalition government, following the statement that he was concerned by the implementation of a statutory regulatory body. Read the article: PM fails to back Leveson on UK press law

A panel on the Murdoch Affair and the Leveson Inquiry: A Critical Assessment of the Hackgate Scandal will be discussing the issues raised by the report and the phone-hacking scandal on March 28, 2013. Panelists will include Damian Tambini, Sarah Ellison, and Des Freedman, and the event is free and open to the public. Click here for more information about this upcoming event and Media@McGill's 2012-2013 event program.