PRESS RELEASE: Sunday Times blagger-turned-whistleblower criticises Government response to his revelations of extensive illegality done for the newspaper

07 Mar
PRESS RELEASE: Sunday Times blagger-turned-whistleblower criticises Government response to his revelations of extensive illegality done for the newspaper

Yesterday, former journalist John Ford came forward to blow the whistle on illegality he says he committed on behalf of The Sunday Times newspaper. Following these revelations, an Urgent Question was asked in the House of Commons today about what the implications of the revelations are for finishing the Leveson Inquiry.  Secretary of State Matt

01 Mar
Government announces suppression of Public Inquiry into police, press and political corruption and seeks repeal of Leveson’s access to justice recommendation

Victims of press abuse lose confidence in Government The Government today announced that the second part of the Leveson Inquiry will be cancelled.  It was due to investigate corruption between politicians, the police, and the press, and the corporate governance failures which allowed phone hacking, illegal data theft, and systematic breaches of ethical codes by

05 Feb
FORMER POLICE OFFICER & CRIMEWATCH PRESENTER JACQUI HAMES CALLS FOR THE COMPLETION OF THE LEVESON INQUIRY AFTER APPEARING AT COURT TO HEAR HACKING CLAIM SETTLED

After many years, News Group has finally admitted responsibility for its unlawful actions and has, quite rightly, offered to apologise for the invasion of Jacqui Hames’ privacy and harassment. A statement was read in open court confirming the settlement of her hacking claim and after the hearing this morning, Jacqui said outside of court; “To

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11 Jan
House of Lords vote to keep Parliament’s promises to press abuse victims

On the evening of January 10th 2018, Members of the House of Lords voted to hold the Government to its commitments to complete the Leveson Inquiry, and bring into force Leveson’s costs-shifting recommendation to provide access to justice for the public. Amendment 127A was tabled by Baroness Hollins, and will require the Government to complete

29 Nov
Victims of press abuse deserve to be heard – take action today

Since Theresa May was appointed Prime Minister in July last year, she or her advisors have made the time to meet newspaper representatives 64 times. She has NEVER met with victims of press abuse. TAKE ACTION TODAY by sending a letter to the Prime Minister demanding she meet with victims of press abuse BEFORE she makes

15 Nov
PRESS RELEASE: Baroness Warsi calls for inquiry into press Islamophobia and criticises government inaction on press abuse

  14/11/2017  “the most timely and most effective way to tackle the plague of hate speech… is an early inquiry” “The political class failed… Section 40 [of the Crime and Courts Act 2013, the Leveson access to justice measure] remains on the shelf” Speaking this evening at the fifth annual Hacked Off Leveson Lecture at

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12 Oct
Hacked Off welcome rejection of NMA Judicial Review on all grounds: “Today’s ruling that IMPRESS is legally recognised is a further blow to the corporate press industry’s campaign to resist the Leveson reforms… the Government must now act to commence the incentives that were agreed by Parliament”

Commenting on the scathing rejection on every ground by the High Court of the Judicial Review challenge by large newspaper corporations against the recognition of the Leveson regulator, IMPRESS, by the Royal Charter Press Recognition Panel, Hacked Off Joint Executive Director Dr Evan Harris said, “Today’s ruling that IMPRESS is legally recognised is a further

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06 Oct
Murdochs’ News Group finally admit computer hacking after six-year legal battle: “the cover-up of criminality at News Corporation has continued since the hacking scandal”

06/10/2017 Six years since the claim was first brought, News Group Newspapers have today finally paid damages and admitted that it commissioned convicted criminals to hack into the computer of a former member of the intelligence services. The settlement comes shortly after the Competition and Markets Authority started its investigation into the Murdochs’ bid for

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03 Oct
Press release: Steve Coogan settles hacking claim with Trinity Mirror Group: “the way they have behaved is a disgrace to the record of what was a fine newspaper… the Second Part of the Leveson Inquiry must find out who was hacked, who knew about it, and who covered it up”

03/10/2017   In a statement today on the steps of court, actor and writer Steve Coogan has stated that the second part of the Leveson Inquiry must proceed in the wake of the regret expressed by Trinity Mirror that “he and other victims should not have been denied the truth for so long”.  Mr Coogan

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14 Sep
Victims of press abuse respond to Fox/Sky referral: “the CMA can only scratch the surface of the criminality and cover-ups which have been the hallmarks of the Murdochs’ ownership of News International and Fox… it is essential that Leveson Part Two is begun before this merger progresses further”

14/09/2017 The Secretary of State the Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP has today confirmed that she will refer the 21st Century Fox bid for Sky for a six-month regulatory investigation by the CMA on the grounds of both plurality of ownership of media and “genuine commitment to broadcasting standards”. The fact that both parties to

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