Theresa May: Guarantee Press Victims Access to Justice

Posted: October 27, 2016 at 1:23 pm

 

109 comments

  1. Stephen Rouse - reply

    We must not let the press get away with it yet again.

  2. Phil bowes - reply

    Do the right thing just for once.

  3. Jeff Page - reply

    This is a promise that has to be honoured. No, ifs, buts, what’s or when’s. No more excuses. Make it happen without further delay. People need honesty more than ever these days, we have had enough of manipulation and delays the time is right for change. The time is now! Let it be done.

  4. Marcia Cox - reply

    Some of the press are criminals preying on innocent people to sell lies to other people who believe them and thrive on scandal and seeing the misery of others. STOP THEM NOW.

  5. Sarah Curtis - reply

    A free press does not mean one freedom to pursue and persecute alleged perpretators. The protection advocated by Leveson must be implemented.

  6. Alec - reply

    Some of us realise that you were catapulted into power by using idiots to give a semblance of ‘a democratic process’ … we hear of meetings with chief rabbis and Israel first murdoch …. do something useful for once and implement leveson

  7. John Long - reply

    Vive Leveson – OK!

  8. pat o sullivan - reply

    we cannot let the power of MURDOCH win, dont let this government bow the knee to him like all previous governments

  9. Peter Longhurst - reply

    Implement the full Leveson Report immediately.

  10. James Ross - reply

    You cannot have A proper free press, without proper accountability.The press barons must be made accountable to A proper regulator in the same way as doctors and solicitors are regulated.

  11. John Lawrence - reply

    Some sections of the uk press are completely out of control. They have persecuted some individuals in the most unreasonable way. (The outrageous comments about Ed Milibands’ father for instance. Chuka Umunna withdrew from the Labour leadership contest because of unwarranted intrusion into the lives of members of his family. David Mellor was hounded about his personal life).
    There are times when I believe that the direction of our country is being steered by a small group of unprincipled newspaper owners (some of whom are not even British citizens) to further their own financial and political agendas. It is completely wrong that this should happen. It is also against the national interest. It has been going on for far too long. Freedom of the press has to be balanced with responsible behaviour on their part. Please for all our sakes take decisive action now.

    With best regards,

  12. Michael Fitzgibbons - reply

    The scandal of press intrusion into people lives – it seems – will just not go away. Once more we see Tory made promises broken again and again. As they protect their wealthy friends and totally ignore the hurt and denigration of the victims. You might have thought that the phone hacking scandal, was more than enough. But it seems that the Tories gain some sort of pleasure, in leaving the victims in their personal torment. I am sure that everyone will feel the same sense of – a continuation of injustice – that I do.

  13. Brian Ahern - reply

    Dear Prime Minister,
    I was pleased that you avoided the easy option of granting immunity immediately to all EU national currently in the UK.
    Please could you show the same courage to allow the Leverson proposal of arbitration to be implemented so that costs of court action if either party refuses arbitration do not prohibit court action.

  14. William. Mahood - reply

    The implementation of this recommendation from the Leveson Report has been too long delayed. The belief that justice delayed is justice denied is still a very relevant view.

  15. Hugh Kiff - reply

    Truth is what newspapers say it is.

  16. Keith Brawn - reply

    When he announced Leveson David Cameron said that whatever recommendations were made by the inquiry would be implemented. What has happened ? The press have set up their own “Regulatory Body ” and put Paul Dacre at the helm. Talk about putting the fox in charge of the henhouse !
    Now, years after Leveson reported , the government have done absolutely nothing.

  17. Sheila Walker - reply

    We are invisible to these people to them it’s all about a story regardless of human feelings wether it’s the truth or not. This government says it will do one thing but like the newspapers ignores he results of the inquiry like don’t look and it will go away. This government should reimburse all the people who tried to clear their names rebuild their businesses it’s their fault as much as the newspapers and of course friends of David Cameron got off with any blame humm

  18. David Coleman - reply

    Until such time as the Evil Puppetmaster Rupert Murdock (alias Joseph Goebbels) is held to task IMPRESS will fail to protect the innocent victims of the “Lynch Mob” who are proud to be known as “the UK Media”

  19. Frann Leach - reply

    Good luck. However, in my experience, finding a promise this Government hasn’t broken is difficult – unless it affects their chums.

  20. Phil Parry - reply

    Your government promised to implement the recommendations of the Leveson inquiry. You must act to do this now.

  21. Cheryl Lloyd - reply

    Too many delays; too much procrastination; implement the Leveson recommendations.

  22. Mathew Smith - reply

    No Broken Promises

  23. Barry Hollingsbee - reply

    Build honouring and completing the Leveson enquiry into your Brexit plans. It’s the least you can do to mitigate the disaster you profess to be bent on creating.

  24. Alex Davidson - reply

    We must have honesty now

  25. Walter Carruthers - reply

    Now act like a real Prime Minister and decide to award proper compensation to the innocent victims of the real villains in our appalling media apparatus. The really important compensation they all need is to back to the hilt the new independent regulator as was promised to Leveson..

  26. robert broderick - reply

    It is sickeningly obvious that this government does not want to upset the press who back them to the hilt during their time in government by pushing through these desperately needed laws. Bold words in Parliament and cowardly inactivity once outside show just how much power the right wing press has over the Tory party. At least have the courage to stand up and admit that you are frightened of losing their backing. But that is asking far too much of a party that only takes on the weak. Gutless and shameless, that IS the Tory party.

  27. David Bale - reply

    I am so distressed to learn that good citizens of this country who have been disgracefully abused by the intrusions and intimidation of the press – and who were clearly promised by the David Cameron government that all the key recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry would be fully implemented – are still awaiting the measures promised to prevent their ordeals being repeated time and time again and inflicted on yet more totally innocent victims of cruel and unprincipled behaviour by certain sections of the press. Implementation of Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act is not negotiable. It was a clear commitment made by David Cameron that has still to be honoured. We are all waiting – but none for as long as the innocent victims of press abuse have already been waiting. It would constitute a cruel and unusual punishment if meted out to the guilty. But in this case it is the guilty who seem to be getting away with it, despite the governments protestations. And the innocent are still being punished.

  28. June Gooch - reply

    Dear Prime Minister,

    It is good that the Levison suggestions are being brought into reality, but it is important that people who have a genuine complaint, are not put off by the possibility of being bankrupted if the court hearing goes against them. Not many of us ordinary people have the resources to take a complaint to court, unless the cost is guaranteed. This need not be a meddlers charter, I’m sure legal advice could be given to all complainants, and if there is no chance of success, mischievous complaints can be sifted out at this early stage. It is the only way, ordinary people will have recourse to law, against the might of the multinational media corporations.

  29. Robert Rose - reply

    Access to justice has to be available to everybody, not just the super rich.

  30. Ken Brookman - reply

    This needs to be stopped NOW.

    Come on PM May.. Do as you said outside number 10..

    Governing for ALL the people not just the rich and powerful.

  31. Tony Nolan - reply

    Evil triumphs when good people do nothing

  32. Robert Sutherland - reply

    Abuse by the press must stop. Press freedom carries with it the responsibility to be accountable and honest. levinson must be honoured in full.

  33. john parker - reply

    Justice…….!

  34. Peter Linden - reply

    I am appalled that we are still waiting for the very sensible solutions presented by the Leverson enquiry. The fact that politicians will not confront and confine the powerful newspaper proprietors to reporting the News, rather than ruining the lives of anyone they get in their sights with sustained campaigns of lies and surveillance is not only a stain on our democracy, it is a threat to it. ,

  35. Mrs June Gooch - reply

    PS I would also like to back up the people who have asked for simple low cost arbitration against media organisations, which would save people years of hassle and stress, and often leads to the breakdown of their health and family life.

  36. TERENCE LUPTON - reply

    mrs may
    Do what david cameron promised,but failed to do

  37. Paula - reply

    no broken promises please. The Tory government should not take years to ensure press abuse victims have access to justice.

  38. barrie greatorex - reply

    We had a Country that prided itself on “Freedom of speech” that has been eradicated, we had a Country that prided itself on the “Freedom of the Press” that has been abused and replaced mostly by propaganda and manufactured News. We had a police force that operated with consensus from the people, that has been abused and replaced by something called, loosely, “Political Correctness.” We are a Country that is in great danger of losing its identity as a fair minded free thinking democracy, in to something that has made being “Progressive” something akin to a Deity, and having pride in ones Nation has being something akin to Devil worship.

  39. Jimmy Joy - reply

    Having a Press that is accountable to ordinary citizens in our country seems important – please would you implement all the recommendations of the Levinson Enquiry – thank you

  40. Dudley Tapper - reply

    Unfortunately the Press are a total law unto themselves, respect no-one, will write libellous pieces about, in the main, innocent people who have never done anything to deserve this kind of pernicious vilification destroying peoples lives. Moreover, these very same people would scream blue-murder if this were to happen to them. The Press are really cowards thinking they are at liberty to write what they want to write thinking it is a good story and the public want to know about it, no, in general the public only want true facts and I feel the law should come hard down on this sort of practice. Phone-tapping is something that the real villain got away scot-free due to supporters in very high places! That was shameful, someone who should have served a very long prison sentence but didn’t.

  41. Michael Moore - reply

    There is a great need for a truly independent organisation to monitor the extremes of some of the press as they have demonstrated in many cases in the past that they are not always concerned about fairness or suitable reparation when they cause unnecessary stress.
    These issues need to be addressed as ‘objectively’ as possible so that justice is seen to take place.

  42. Richard Kelly - reply

    Dear Prime Minister
    Please will you implement the measure that press victims are calling for, Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which
    will deliver guaranteed access to justice to those victims who don’t have the money to take a big newspaper corporation to court
    It will act as a ‘cost shifting incentive’, so that newspaper corporations are encouraged to join a recognised regulator, because if they refuse to offer complainants access to quick cheap arbitration through a Leveson-style regulator, they will have to pay a claimant’s costs, win or lose.
    Also it will give journalists stronger free speech protections so that they can expose wrong-doing free from the threat of chilling from litigious offenders like Robert Maxwell and Jimmy Savile.
    Press owners such as Rupert Murdoch will do everything they can to retain their power without accountability.

  43. Richard Kelly - reply

    Dear Prime Minister
    Please will you implement the measure that press victims are calling for, Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, which
    will deliver guaranteed access to justice to those victims who don’t have the money to take a big newspaper corporation to court
    It will act as a ‘cost shifting incentive’, so that newspaper corporations are encouraged to join a recognised regulator, because if they refuse to offer complainants access to quick cheap arbitration through a Leveson-style regulator, they will have to pay a claimant’s costs, win or lose.
    Also it will give journalists stronger free speech protections so that they can expose wrong-doing free from the threat of chilling from litigious offenders like Robert Maxwell and Jimmy Savile.
    While press owners such as Rupert Murdoch will do everything they can to retain their power without accountability, ordinary people need some means of redress when their lives are turned upside down by unwarranted press intrusion.

  44. Chris Berry - reply

    No more broken promises, support the victims not the vindictive Press.

  45. Chris Preston - reply

    Please do not let the Press barons sink these overdue reforms. We are fed up with the impunity with which they operate.

  46. Frances Holme - reply

    You MUST implement all Lord Justice Leveson recommendations NOW… thank you !

  47. Roy Blane - reply

    It is high time that the current Government implanted the Recommendations of the Leveson Report

  48. Mary Keelan - reply

    Please make the press be accountable honest and respectful.

  49. John Johnston - reply

    Do not trust Rupert Murdoch.

  50. Catherine Kaplinsky - reply

    We are a civilised society. Priminister Cameron promised to implement the Leveson proposals. It has not happened yet and the press continues to cause damage and stress to innocent people in order to sell papers with salacious, untrue stories. The press needs to be curtailed. Please follow through the promise made by your government.

  51. Michael Brown - reply

    Please help justice.

  52. Joy Rutherford - reply

    I just know that thought and speech are free and should not be silenced.

  53. david lowton - reply

    Victims need protecting and access to justice. This is a basic human right

  54. faro wari - reply

    tereza may, kindly simply pl. assume u were un4tunately a victim , how would u then feel..

  55. Brian Steedman - reply

    It is really long past the time when our corrupt press, which has largely supported the Conservative Party through most of their existence, was held to account for its significant failings. Despite repeated promises, the current party in power has declined to rectify this grave injustice. I urge Theresa May to do so now.

  56. Rita Mohan - reply

    Be a honest Prime Minster ,give access to justice to victims.

  57. Boris Clover - reply

    It is not good enough for the Press to be left to regulate themselves. They have not shown either the willingness or the capacity to do so. On the contrary,the so-called ‘self-regulation’ method through their poodle IPSO is little more than the a dispenser of whitewash for their abuses of their own power. No one wishes to see State control of the media,but there is little doubt that effective regulation cannot be undertaken by a body stuffed with senior editors and their sidekicks. Please ensure that the Leveson proposals are fully implemented aand that as well as being independent of the Government, any system of Press regulation is independent of the newspaper owners,Press barons and their agents and hirelings.

  58. Dennis Gray - reply

    I hope,like me you are now convinced of the need to totally implement the Levenson enquiry recommendations.
    Our so called ‘popular’ press are sinking to ever lower levels of indiscriminate reporting, the recent conviction of
    the fake sheik (Mazher Mahmood) underscores the need for Levenson Part 2 to be started immediately.
    I think this is necessary to guarantee to all a Press that is fair, just and accurate.

  59. Wilson Newbould - reply

    I thought that we had an elected government we don’t what we have is Murdoch controlling us via HIS Mp’s and Ministers what does he know about them, I wonder, perhaps every form of corruption known. It is bad enough that we are the lackeys of the American government and the oil companies without Murdoch also being involved.
    We need to wake up to what is happening and do something about it and not listen to extremists,
    Donald Trump elected? – for what we are about to receive may we be truly grateful!!!!

  60. Godfrey Glyn OBE - reply

    Dear Mrs May,
    As Primeminister one of your major responsibilities is to protect the powerless from exploitation by the powerful. I urge you to ensure that Lord Leveson’s report is implemented in full as soon as possible.

  61. Darren - reply

    Hopefully Teresa will stand by a rule for all. Not the chosen few

  62. sarah corin - reply

    Please ensure that Section 40 of Leveson recommendations is implemented. This government promised to delivery justice for everyone – we await that action. No delays. Thank you.

  63. Belinda Edwards - reply

    I am writing in support of victims of press abuse and the implementation of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act with the aim of making the press more accountable and making it easier for journalists to expose wrongdoing free from the threat of chilling from litigious offenders like Robert Maxwell and Jimmy Savile.

  64. Maurice Gubbins - reply

    Please use this shocking example of Press misbehaviour and cover up to reinforce the need for proper effective independent Press oversight .

  65. Ian Castle - reply

    Never ever believe anything that the Owners of the Mail, Express, Telegraph, Times and Sun tell you. Best to make a law that says that no one person or family can own more that 10% of any media organisation working and presenting in the UK. Be strong go for the truth in all things, it will be best for you and the UK.
    PS – Start by sacking Boris, Liam and what’ his name, all three have no sense of truth.

  66. Ian Castle - reply

    Never ever believe anything that the Owners of the Mail, Express, Telegraph, Times and Sun tell you. Best to make a law that says that no one person or family can own more that 10% of any media organisation working and presenting in the UK. Be strong go for the truth in all things, it will be best for you and the UK.
    PS – Start by sacking Boris, Liam and what’ his name, all three have no sense of truth.

  67. Alan Taylor - reply

    Why are still awaiting the implementation of Leveson, who is pulling the strings?

  68. John Price - reply

    This is just typical of a English Press that jumps on the nearest bandwagon and seems to try to find the answer as soon as possible by picking on the closest individual who has no way of defending them selves .
    This poor man is only the tip of a very big ice burg which is happening on smaller scales day in day out in this Country and now body is prepared to do anything about it.
    Cameron I am sorry is the biggest joke this Country has had since Thatcher and nothing will change under this Tory self first self last administration.

  69. Dr Adrian Shaw - reply

    Dear Prime Minister Theresa May,
    Please use your powers and influence to ensure that Press Victims gain access to Justice.
    Not every Press Victim is powerful, rich, or famous, although all deserve defence and protection to ensure that
    The Press, while remaining free, keep to Levinson’s recommendations!
    Many thanks in this regard,
    Dr Adrian Shaw

  70. Pat Finn - reply

    I feel very strongly that you need to ensure that the commitment made by David Cameron is honoured-you need to show that you are not in Murdoch’s pocket

  71. Sam Bradshaw - reply

    Clearly a very bold and principled speech from prime minister David Cameron….though a little premature.
    Murdoch’s influence kicks in, even a standing government backs off, fearful of who’s going to receive the favour of the media barons
    The press barons are too few, alas too powerful, its long overdue that these individuals have their monopoly removed.

  72. Lynda Creek - reply

    It’s horrendous what the press can do to you once they get their teeth into you and it isn’t acceptable that victims of the press should be unable to take action without incurring tremendous legal costs. This isn’t the access to justice we were promised by Leveson.
    Yes we want and need a free press but they should be answerable for their wrongful actions and the unlawful outcomes they bring about by some of their tactics.
    The law cost arbitration route envisaged by S40 would enable this control to take place and give the victims of wrongful press intrusion a route to require the press to answer for their actions.
    Please Mrs May, don’t delay, implement this clause asap
    Thank you

  73. Patricia Leaver - reply

    Please see that these innocent people get justice and that The Press are not allowed to destroy reputatations in this way.

  74. Gerald Hunter - reply

    Our press are lower than pond life. Factual journalism is a thing of the past. Political influance is the overriding criteria. Factual journalism is none exisistant.

  75. Irene - reply

    The cost of this enquiry was colossal and it must be implemented … Justice needs to be done

  76. John Howe - reply

    It is high time that the government put a stop to the behaviour of the tabloid press, when they interfere with peoples’ lives and fabricate stories about them.
    Get on with it.

  77. Diana Luther Powell - reply

    Remember the pledge- do not allow injustice to happen. You were the Home Secretary once upon a time.

  78. Ian Hanson - reply

    After David Cameron’s statements in Parliament that reform of the press complaints procedures must be implemented, it is staggering that we are still awaiting actions from the government to implement the recommendations of the Leveson enquiry. What is your problem? Why are you you meeting with press moguls who have been seriously implicated in press intrusion by phone tapping and email hacking, etc. The press must have proper regulation that is accessible to everyone regardless of income. Please implement the Leveson report without further delay.

  79. David Titchmarsh - reply

    Excellent news. Let’s go.

  80. Graham Webb - reply

    It’s time for Mrs Ordinary to restore the British press to the standing it held fifty years ago when there was a grammar school in every town. This has been promised, and grammar school head girls keep their promises. Don’t they? Mrs Ordinary, when she makes her mind up on something, seems to either cave in to the thick and nasty bully boys in her party or put the clock back several decades, or both. A golden era of the British empire, the 11-plus and decent journalism. Oh, and honest, reliable high street banks.

  81. john howard - reply

    Implement Cameron’s promise now. Justice for all

  82. Zoe - reply

    it seems the video is still unaccessible…sick of big cooperations controlling our lives though!

  83. Mary Ann Scadding - reply

    No broken promises, guarantee press victims access to justice now.

  84. david Lodge - reply

    This is very convincing evidence from three impressive witnesses and victims of press persecution for the need to implement Leveson.

  85. Derek Smith - reply

    Symptomatic of the odious alliance between government(s) and the rich and powerful. We must regain our commitment to natural justice. Government must implement Leveson without further delay.

  86. Janice Brown - reply

    Why was one of the first people Mrs May engaged with as prime minister Mr Merdoc? Why are the press allowed to be judge and jury of themselves? You wouldn’t have pedophiles judging other pedophiles it wouldn’t make sense so why does it for the press? It appears another prime minister is bought and payed for by the rich and powerful not us tax payers who pay her salary. Leveson was a good report and cost a lot of our money for what? More money waisted by the government.

  87. David Rangecroft - reply

    As PM you have this tremendous opportunity to end the malign symbiosis that exists between influential parts of the media and politicians. It will take guts to implement Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act and help temper media abuse. Please do it.

  88. Stan Beale - reply

    I absolutely agree that the recommendations of Leveson should be implemented as a priority, but I am also aware that we are struggling here against formidable vested power – as brilliantly analysed by Andy Beckett in his Guardian “The Long Read” article “Revenge of the Tabloids” (26 October 2016). It’s not just about tabloids, of course, but they do the worst damage

  89. Martin Black - reply

    The Leveson report must be implemented now. No “ifs or buts” !

  90. paul - reply

    I’m appalled that Murdoch and his like are allowed to continue to ruin innocent peoples lives with the full authority of your government!

  91. PHILIP DRONFIELD - reply

    Please do what your predecessors failed to do. Implement Leveson,

  92. Gil Gillian - reply

    The implementation of this recommendation from the Leveson Report has been too long delayed. The belief that justice delayed is justice denied is still a very relevant view.

  93. stephen manning - reply

    Leveson was quite clear on what needed to be put into place, Now do it!

  94. Mr E G Webb - reply

    To the govt. and Prime Minister implement the Levenson recommendations now, please.

  95. Sajida Shah - reply

    Please implement the Levenson recommendations and do the right thing by victims of press atrocities to reassure public you’ve got what it takes to be a fair prime minister of Tory government.

  96. Rev Terence Spencer - reply

    The free press is important to me because good can come out of persistent investigative journalism. This does not mean that when unjustified intrusions into people’s lives are made by irresponsible sections of the press there should be no consequences for those reporters and proprietors. Ordinary people need protection against powerful people and organisations who act irresponsibly against them.

  97. John MacKenzie - reply

    Be different-keep a promise-and make life more bearable for us.

  98. Maureen Godfrey - reply

    After David Cameron’s statements in Parliament that reform of the press complaints procedures must be implemented, it is staggering that we are still awaiting actions from the government to implement the recommendations of the Leveson enquiry. What is your problem? Why are you you meeting with press moguls who have been seriously implicated in press intrusion by phone tapping and email hacking, etc. The press must have proper regulation that is accessible to everyone regardless of income. Please implement the Leveson report without further delay

  99. Sheila - reply

    This is not a country or government to be proud of it is one of horrendous shame. Promise what promise more empty meaningless words for self gratification

  100. Tim Trimble - reply

    I think we need to get a major paper to sign up to IMPRESS. Once that happens, it will breach the dam and others will be compelled to follow. Maybe we need to get a large body (tens of thousands) of readers together and say we are looking to switch to a newspaper that supports Levesons principles.
    Anyone up for this???

  101. Nic Lee - reply

    Leveson was quite clear on what needed to be put into place, Now do it!

  102. David Dennett - reply

    Dear Prime Minister

    Please implement the Levenson recommendations in full without further delay. There should be no room for self regulation by the press. It can only be regulated by an impartial organisation on which the press should be represented, but they should under no circumstances have a majority of members or a veto.

  103. alan dunn - reply

    mrs may your integrity is at stake here

  104. David Coxson - reply

    When oh when will the harassment by so called ‘news papers’ be made illegal? It appears that because some people are in someway ‘connected’ to a person who newspapers want to get the dirty, or otherwise on, they think they can hound them for a comment, and then add a few of their own without so much as a by your leave. Mrs May, please bring the full application of the Leverson Inquiry into practice.

  105. yvonne lunde andreassen - reply

    Let’s have the open government you promised, no backroom media tyrants.

  106. Peter Long - reply

    Unfortunately the ‘bully boy’ press hold the ace card. Support them and they will win an election for you, oppose them and they will make sure you lose the election. Will there ever be a politician who dares not to bullied by the press?

  107. Philip Tapper - reply

    Levenson immediately.

  108. Philip Tapper - reply

    Correction to previous comment. Should read ‘Leveson immediately’

  109. MR A MILES - reply

    Sadly, it appears the more prominent a Politician is, the less likely they will fulfil their promises to public citizens.

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