Hacked Off and victims of press abuse have launched a petition calling for Leveson’s recommendations to be implemented in full. The petition was publicly launched by Gerry McCann and Christopher Jefferies 24 hours after Lord Justice Leveson published his report. Add your voice to this once-in-a-generation opportunity to bring justice to the victims of press misconduct and create a media that truly is in the public interest, taking it from media barons and giving it back to journalists. Sign the petition and share this page with your friends.
The press have hacked, lied, intimidated and intruded. But they’ve been caught, and they’ve been investigated, and Lord Justice Leveson has recommended legally-backed regulation, independent of politicians and the press, to hold them to account. The victims of press abuse support his recommendations. This time, we will see the real media reform that we need.
What do we mean by this time? Leveson’s Inquiry isn’t the first into the culture, ethics and practice of the media. 1947, 1953, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1990 and 1993 all saw similar, government-ordered inquiries after newspapers had been seen to be acting outside of the public interest.
Why didn’t the public hear about this? The tabloids love to report an injustice, but not when they’re the ones in the dock. The Inquiries went unreported, because the papers wouldn’t frame and shame themselves.
But 2012 has something that 1947, 1953, 1962, 1969, 1977, 1990 and 1993 didn’t have. The Internet. The media barons may have millions of newspapers landing on doorsteps every day, but the public have Facebook, Twitter and blogs. The tabloids have the megaphone, but if enough of us shout loudly enough then we can drown them out. Add your voice. Sign the petition and share it with your friends now.