Hacked Off responds to John Whittingdale’s speech to Society of Editors

The Culture Secretary, John Whittingdale, has said today that the Government is considering not bringing into force the legislation which implements the Leveson recommendations.  This would be an insult to the victims of press abuse and a plain breach of the promises repeatedly made to them by the Prime Minister.  It would also be a breach of the cross-party” agreement on implementing Leveson reached in March 2013 and endorsed by Parliament.


Dr Evan Harris, Joint Directors of Hacked Off,  said 

“ Victims will be distressed and the public alarmed to hear that the Government is considering not keeping the promises it made to those innocent people whose lives have been destroyed by press misconduct, and reneging on the post-Leveson cross-party agreement signed by all the party leaders 30 months ago and passed overwhelmingly by Parliament.”

“We hope that on reflection the Prime Minister will remember what he pledged on oath at the Leveson Inquiry, and what he personally promised victims of the press. The public will never be convinced that our political leaders  have ended their servile relationship to powerful press interests like Rupert Murdoch and the returning Rebekah Brooks, until the Leveson reforms are properly implemented”.

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October 19, 2015 at 10:47 am

So presumably the Tories are also intending to abandon the second part of the Leveson Inquiry?

Dan Smithreply
October 19, 2015 at 11:45 am

If publishers win libel cases, they should be able to claim back costs. This seems entirely sensible and Leveson should never have suggested otherwise.

John Dakinreply
October 19, 2015 at 11:50 am

Promises go for nothing with this perfidious government.

Robin Khanreply
October 19, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Makes my blood boil. This means Murdoch, Dacre and the right-wing press must be laughing their socks off. Cowards in Government, one and all.

Anuradha Vittachireply
October 19, 2015 at 2:20 pm

Shocking cynicism by the government. Please investigate further what exactly has brought this about.

Gill Dayreply
October 19, 2015 at 5:25 pm

I think we are becoming accustomed to hearing about promises being broken by this particular administration. Really upsetting and sickening for the victims of press abuse. What else can we do??

Rosalind Wilkinsonreply
October 19, 2015 at 6:17 pm

How very shortsighted and stupid of the government to give in to pressure from the press. If an inquiry’s recommendations are not adhered to, then what is the point of having an inquiry in the first place? This is arrogant disregard for all those victims who expect better representation from their elected members of parliament. How very depressing.

Andy Millerreply
October 22, 2015 at 5:59 pm

I totally agree, Evan!

Cameron said that Leveson would be implemented unless it was ‘bonkers’. Neither he nor any other politician has described Leveson as bonkers.

I, as a victim of press abuse, know how much less I would have suffered if Leveson had been in force when I was defamed by the Daily Mail.

Access to justice for all, not just the super-rich, MUST be a fundamental principle of any civilised democracy.

Joan Slaterreply
October 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm

This is ridiculous and beyond belief. What was the point in bothering. It was a total waste of our money and i wonder who profits, maybe Murky Murdoch himself!! Another own goal – oh! I don’t think they play working class football.

I wonder if we would do better to invite the Chinese to regulate our press!!

John Hickeyreply
October 27, 2015 at 4:44 pm

Leveson NOW

Anything else proves that the Tories are in the pocket of MURDOCH

Alan Thomadreply
November 5, 2015 at 1:51 pm

I have just looked at online a regional local newspaper. I have now read the hacked off letter and my comments are unprintable!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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