The Declaration

The Leveson Royal Charter Declaration

We believe that a free press is a cornerstone of democracy. It should be fearless in exposing corruption, holding the powerful to account and championing the powerless. It has nothing to lose, and can only be enhanced, by acknowledging unethical practice in its midst and acting firmly to ensure it is not repeated.

We also believe that editors and journalists will rise in public esteem when they accept a form of self-regulation that is independently audited on the lines recommended by Lord Justice Leveson and laid down in the Royal Charter of 30 October 2013.

It is our view that this Charter safeguards the press from political interference while also giving vital protection to the vulnerable. That is why we support it and that is why we urge newspaper publishers to embrace it.

Clare Balding Broadcaster | Monica Ali Author | Sir David Attenborough Broadcaster & Naturalist | Alan Bennett Writer | Danny Boyle Filmmaker | Marcus Brigstocke Comedian | Jeanette Winterson Writer | Victoria Wood Writer & Comedian | A.S. Byatt Author | Sir Alan Ayckbourn Playwright | Peter Capaldi Actor | John Cleese Comedian & Writer | Stephen Fry Broadcaster & Writer | Terence Conran Designer & Retailer | Antony Beevor Historian | Irvine Welsh Writer | Bob Geldof KBE Musician & Campaigner | Michael Ondaatje Writer | Kate & Gerry McCann Victims of press abuse | Richard Branson Entrepreneur | David Gilmour Musician | Rowan Williams Former Archbishop | Prof Richard Dawkins Writer | Nick Davies Freelance Journalist | Alfonso Cuaron Filmmaker | Michael Mansfield QC Human Rights Lawyer | Helen Fielding Author | Kazuo Ishiguro Author | Craig Raine Poet | Michael Frayn Author | Stephen Frears Filmmaker | Polly Toynbee Journalist | Dawn French Comedian & Writer | Paloma Faith Musician | Terry Gilliam Filmmaker | A.C. Grayling Philosopher | John Finneman Comedian & Writer | Matthew Flinders Professor of Politics | Bill Forsyth Filmmaker | James Fox Writer | Suzanne Franks Professor of Journalism | John Bishop Comedian | Ben Elton Comedian & Author | Carolyn Fairbairn Businesswoman | Natalie Fenton Professor of Communication | Mo George Victim of press abuse | Peter Burden Writer | Guy Chambers Record Producer | Sir Cyril Chantler Physician | Jake & Dinos Chapman Artists | Benedict Cumberbatch Actor | Ivor Gaber Professor of Media & Politics | Andrew Gamble Professor of Politics | Prof Conor Gearty Human Rights Lawyer | James Curran Professor of Communications | Richard Curtis Writer & Filmmaker | Paul Dadge Victim of press abuse | Sarah Green End Violence Against Women Coalition | Lee Hall Writer | Jacqui Hames Victim of press abuse | Sir David Hare Playwright | Ian Hargreaves Professor of Digital Economy | David Heyman Filmmaker | Katie Hickman Writer | HJK Victim of press abuse | Alan Hollinghurst Author | Sheila & Martin Hollins Parents of Abigail Witchalls | Imran Khan Human Rights Lawyer | Baroness Beeban Kidron Filmmaker | Sir Michael Holroyd Biographer | Richard Horton Blogger | Karen Ingala Smith Nia | Bianca Jagger Campaigner | Rufus Hound Comedian | Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallett Philanthropist | Prof John Tulloch Victim of press abuse | Brian Woods Filmmaker | David Yelland Editor (recovering) | Rose Uniacke Designer | James & Margaret Watson Bereaved parents & victims of press abuse | Frank Webster Professor of Sociology | David Hutchison Professor of Media | Peter Jukes Journalist | David Mitchell Author | William Boyd Author | Miranda Hart Comedian & Author | Stephen Daldry Film & Theatre Director | Eric Idle Comedian | Christopher Jefferies Victim of press abuse | Terry Jones Comedian | Baroness Helen Kennedy QC Human Rights Barrister | Albert Scardino Journalist | Sir Ian McKellan Actor | Sir Nicholas Hytner Theatre Director | Joanna Lumley Actor & Campaigner | Will Hutton Journalist | Sir Jonathan Miller Writer | Emma Thompson Screenwriter & Actress | Sean Mathias Theatre Director | Rt Rev Stephen Platten Bishop of Wakefield | Lord David Puttnam Filmmaker | Julian Mitchell Writer | Peter Morgan Writer | Mike Leigh Filmmaker | Justin Lewis Professor of Communication | Susana Giner Youth Media Agency | Peter Goldsmith Lawyer | Roger Graef Filmmaker | Nicolas Kent Theatre Director | Baroness Valentine Third Sector Leader | Anna Van Heeswijk OBJECT | Jemima Khan Journalist | Angus Macqueen Filmmaker | Krish Majumdar Filmmaker | Jeremy King Restaurateur | Peter Kosminsky Filmmaker | Alastair Mullis Professor of Media Law | John Willis Filmmaker | Jane Winter Victim of press abuse | Graham Murdock Professor of Culture and Economy | Graham Norton Broadcaster | Baroness Onora O’Neill Philosopher | Mark Lewis Media Lawyer | Gary Lineker Broadcaster | Robert Llewellyn Actor | Pat Loughrey Warden of Goldsmiths University | Sandy Nairne Museum Director | Sir Alan Parker Filmmaker | Rich Peppiatt Comedian | Julian Petley Professor of Screen Media | Gavin Phillipson Professor of Media Law | Paul Drechsler Business Executive | Claire Tomalin Author | Sir Tim Smit Environmentalist | Dame Maggie Smith Actress | Joan Smith Journalist | Sir Simon Rattle Conductor | Sir Anthony Salz Lawyer | Polly Samson Author | Jean Seaton Professor of Media History | Stephen Sedley Jurist | Sue Stapely Lawyer | Lord Dennis Stevenson Philanthropist | Sigrid Rausing Publisher | Hugh Grant Actor | Zoe Margolis Author | Dr Tim Markham Reader in Journalism & Media | Prof Kevin Marsh Journalist | Lee Hall Writer | Anthony Seldon Author | William Sieghart Publisher | Anthony Smith Magdalen College | Terrence Tehranian Entrepreneur | David Tennant Actor | Jane Hamlyn Gallery Director | Joni Lovenduski Professor of Politics | Sam Mendes Filmmaker | Máire Messenger Davies Professor of Media Studies | Willy Russell Writer | Ian McEwan Author | V.S. Naipaul Author | John Pilger Journalist | J. K. Rowling Author | Sir Salman Rushdie Author | Michael Palin Author | Peter Tatchell Human Rights Campaigner | Louis de Bernières Author | Sir Tom Stoppard Writer | Philip Pullman Author | Bryan Adams Musician | Riz Ahmed Actor | Yasmin Alibhai-Brown Journalist | Stuart Allan Professor of Journalism | Tamsin Allen Media Lawyer | Lisa Appignanesi Writer | Michael Apted Filmmaker | Jake Arnott Author | Neal Ascherson Journalist | Margaret Aspinall Hillsborough Campaigner | David Baddiel Comedian | Steven Barnett Professor of Communications | Helen Belcher Human rights activist | Sophie Bennett UK Feminista | Edward Benthall Businessman | Patricia & Phil Bernal Mother & brother of Clare Bernal | Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC Human rights campaigner | Prof Colin Blakemore Scientist | James Blunt Musician | John Bowers QC Lawyer | Edward Bowles Father of Sebastian+ | Jo Brand Comedian | Russell Brand Comedian | Rory Bremner Comedian | Richard Charkin Publisher | Sebastian Conran Industrial designer | Steve Coogan Comedian and writer | Artemis Cooper Writer | John Corner Professor of Communications | Dr Madeleine Coy Child and Woman Abuse Studies Unit | Molly Dineen Filmmaker | Christopher Eccleston Actor | Sir Ranulph Fiennes Writer & explorer | Bella Freud Designer | Chris Frost Professor of Journalism | Nigel Newton Publisher | Lord Brian Paddick Victim of press abuse | Greg Philo Professor of Communications | Guy Ritchie Filmmaker | Sue Roberts Hillsborough campaigner | Sir Simon Robertson Businessman | Sir Tony Robinson Actor & Broadcaster | Sean Sutcliffe Businessman | Sandi Toksvig Broadcaster | Simon Fanshawe Broadcaster & Consultant |



Leading figures in literature, arts, science, academia, design, human rights, business and the law have signed the Declaration to send a strong message to press bosses: embrace the Royal Charter and give the British public a free and accountable press.

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