‘Voice of victims’ must now be heard

This statement is published by Hacked Off on behalf of victims of press intrusion and phone hacking, in response to the news that the first part of the Leveson Inquiry report will be published on Thursday 29th November.

It is signed by Magnus Boyd, Jacqui Hames, Steven Heffer, Mike Hollingsworth, Martin Hollins, Christopher Jefferies, Zoe Margolis, Kate and Gerry McCann, Michele Milburn, Ben Noakes, Amanda Ramsay, Tom Rowland, Sivendran Nadarajah, Joan Smith and Parameswaran Subramanyam, alongside the Director of Hacked Off, Professor Brian Cathcart.

This is a moment of truth for the British newspaper industry.

We’ve seen months of false propaganda from some sections of the press, trying to undermine the 14-month long Leveson Inquiry process and smear the reputations of members of the Inquiry team.

The megaphone of the press has been blasting out loud and clear, drowning out the views of those such as the McCanns, the Dowlers and Christopher Jefferies who have suffered from the effects of reckless and cruel coverage.

Members of the public who endured the most dreadful intrusions into their private lives want the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry to be acted upon swiftly.

Those who suffered from abuses by the press must not be left out of this debate. The voice of the victims must now be heard.

We are struck that reliable opinion poll research shows that three quarters of the country believes that the time has come for radical change in the press and that all three of the main party leaders we met yesterday agree with this.

Lord Justice Leveson was given this task amid public outrage last year over the industrial use of phone hacking by newspapers and he has taken painstakingly taken evidence from every interested party.

We await his report with hope.

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