The Leveson Inquiry

The leveson inquiry was formed to investigate the actions and publications of the Press, Police and politicians. The aim was to eliminate the shady background of some of these groups especially the media and the way in which they treat morality and ethics. Lord Justice Leveson was provided with the task to inquire into the many scandals brought about by the British press including phone hackings and the invasion of privacy. The final aim being to suggests certain guidelines the press should follow to improve the press and media on a whole.

Sir Lord Justice Brian Leveson became a barrister in 1970,he later a high court judge in 2000 his heavy role in prosecuting multiple criminals he became the chairman of the sentencing council, basically meaning he is responsible for all sentencing within the UK. This made him the key person to be placed at the forefront of the inquiry his knowledge on law and his understanding of morality and ethics made him the perfect character to lead the search for a better regulatory body for the press.

Leveson’s findings within the inquiry stated that the press should remain self-regulated and that the government/parliament should have little to no control over the press, this is to follow arguments of free speech within media. Secondly a new complaints commission was to be formed, which was partly enforced as the PCC disbanded to become IPSO although the new body was just a repackage of the old one. Thirdly it was to be backed by legislation as to act as an independent body, little evidence is in place that IPSO has any more authoritative control over the press than the PCC.           All these were meant to be implemented to ensure that the public felt hat their complaints were being dealt with seriously and were enforced with the upmost justice.

Leveson’s suggestion to have a reworking of the PCC was taken in equal sides by all ranges of groups many that were against the reworking suggested that the press were given the chance to be responsibly self-regulatory but failed. However on the other side many argued that the only alternative would be to have the legislate take control of the media also known as direct parliament control over the media this would almost fully remove the argument of free speech within the press which almost nobody wants to remove.

Many oppositions to the leveson included Hacked Off a group founded to argue that the media should not be responsible for regulating themselves as they are not to be trusted with such a task as it is often abused. Many members of this group joined and funded the movement to highlight the Invasion of privacy and the hacking of phones should have been the last straw for the British press, many of the group being those affected by the press.

In regards to the TV and internet the inquiry was mainly press oriented so did not particularly effect them to any notable degree, broadcasting being controlled by OFCOM, backed by Law and the internet being difficult to regulate both due to anonymity and the freedom of speech within social media.

The Suggestion of a royal charter to be implemented upon the British Press was perceived as a weak move by the inquiry many Including Parliament member John Prescott despised the decision forcing his resignation. The press’ reaction to the charter was to purpose their own weaker charter this was approved by  David Cameron to avoid confrontation with the press. This delayed further investigation into the press and postponed the second half of the Leveson enquiry.

This is a huge upset to many as the Leveson enquiry, to some was a way In which the press could be bent into a better form of media, this upset is only corroborated by the fact of the enquiry being huge waste of taxpayer money as it essentially did very little to nothing to affect the British press.

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