Attacks on the Leveson Inquiry, and a thorough debate on corporate governance and new forms of press regulation marked the latest Leveson Inquiry seminars held on Wednesday, October 12, at the Queen Elizabeth II conference centre.
Eve Salomon, chair of the Internet Watch Foundation, chair of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors and a former commissioner on the PCC, started the session with a speech on the future of self-regulation from the perspective of a regulator.
Daily Mail editor-in-chief, Paul Dacre, spoke on the same subject and was followed by Will Moy, director of fact-checking group Full Fact, who gave an account on the current system from a user’s perspective.
Lord Gordon Borrie, former director of the Office of Fair Trading, Stephen Hill, non-executive director of Channel 4 Television and of the IG Group, and Sly Bailey, chief executive of Trinity Mirror, all spoke about the role of corporate governance in maintaining standards.
The afternoon session had Professor Steven Barnett, from the University of Westminster, speaking on “What redress should be available for breach of standards?”, as well as Desmond Browne QC, and Professor Robert Baldwin, from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Defending freedom of expression were Index on Censorship chief executive John Kampfner, Professor James Curran, from Goldsmiths University, and former Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie, who seized the opportunity to attack the Leveson Inquiry and Prime Minister David Cameron.
Speeches in full can be found here
A transcript of the seminars, including questions from the floor, can be found here