Hacked Off respond to High Court Sun hacking ruling: Leveson Part 2 must go ahead as Prime Minister promised

Commenting on the judgement handed down today at the High Court enabling – for the first time – scores of hacking claims to be made against The Sun, Dr Evan Harris, Joint Executive Director of Hacked Off, said:

“This is another bad day for the Sun and especially for the Chief Executive of NewsCorp UK, Rebekah Brooks, because a court has now found that there is sufficient evidence for claims to be brought against the company for hacking at The Sun under her editorship.

“The evidence which supported the application included statements of four whistleblowers whose evidence was not considered at the Leveson Inquiry (mainly because of criminal proceedings being current at that time).

“News Corp will seek to settle all these claims out of court and not allow any to get to trial. Either way Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry must go ahead and examine in public these whistleblower allegations and the corrupt relationships between the press and police that have kept this cover-up going for so long. The Government must now indicate that Part 2 of Leveson will definitely take place as the Prime Minister promised when prosecutions are complete.”


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April 28, 2016 at 3:16 pm

I’d be willing to bet that this matter will take as long as the Hillsboro’ case took to get to resolution

Wendy Rochefortreply
April 28, 2016 at 3:48 pm

The press has been guilty of destroying too many lives, it’s high time it was called to account. Leveson 2 MUST now go ahead as soon as possible.

David Cameron shirking this issue smells of corruption.

Ken BRUNTONreply
April 28, 2016 at 5:26 pm

The thought of murdoch, and/or his offspring james, doing time, hopefully lots of it, gets me off with ease. Not forgetting that sleaze ball brooks, friend of cameron (LOL) no less. They say you can make an assessment of a person’s character by the friends he/she has. Think about it; if you lie down with dogs you’ll likely catch fleas.

Michael Fitzgibbonsreply
April 28, 2016 at 8:03 pm

This has been an interesting few days. First its its the hacking scandal at NewsCorp revisited by the courts. Then its Hillsborough and the appalling treatment of victims and their families by the totally discredited NewsCorp and its publication – the SUN. The widespread collusion amongst various police forces and the media.

If further proof is needed by the government that the next stage in the Leveson inquiry should be implemented. I can’t imagine what it would need to be.

Danny Greenwoodreply
April 28, 2016 at 8:49 pm

This is another example of the establishment trying to deny wrongdoing. Rather than seeking the truth the press has colluded to cover up phone hacking and corruption by journalists, the police and public servants. Leveson has to be enacted as promised by David Cameron so that those investigating these cases have full rights of reply and protection by an independent, impartial Press complaints procedure.

April 29, 2016 at 8:41 am

I have just written to my MP and preambled with a comment on Hillsborough. Here was the opposit of what we expect our newspapers to be, champions of truth, exposing wrong doing, asking questions when the pictures on the television seem to contradict some of the blame being apportioned. It seems to me that any nod to journalistic values, getting at the truth, had been lost a long time before phone hacking. Some newspapers have become like the West Yorkshire police covering up the truth for the sake of self preservation. Indulging in their proprietors biased views rather than maintaining impartiality and a sense of fairness with justice and truth as their mantra. A cheap headline that sells a few more papers with no regard for the harm a lie does to the victims. The rot in the system started a long time ago and just like the people of Yorkshire deserve a police force that upholds high standards to ensure Hillsborough, Rotherham, do not happen again, we need newspapers that go back to a time before papers like the News of the World, the Sun, brought their low standards to bear and undermine what newspapers are supposed to be…

George Hardyreply
April 29, 2016 at 10:14 am

Another enquiry is necessary into the behaviour of the tabloid press in suppressing the Whittingdale sex story until being forced to publish after action by the website “byline”.

May 10, 2016 at 12:23 pm

..Someone need to ‘whip up’ a storm against the press, and it’s certainly not the kind of whipping that the, so called Culture Secretary, could take part in….

How about a campaign to boycott the ‘Sun’, on a nationwide basis, for a start?

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