Leveson Inquiry: Evidence, Day 1 – Dowlers, Smith, Shear and Grant

22 11 2011

The first day of evidence in the Leveson Inquiry was essential viewing for media lawyers and journalists.  It can now be seen online in morning and afternoon sessions.  Four witnesses were heard and questions were put only by two of the Counsel to the Inquiry, Robert Jay QC and Carine Patry Hoskins – some formulated by the other core participant representatives. Read the rest of this entry »

Opinion: Leveson inquiry must not kill genuine investigative journalism – Alex Bailin QC

22 11 2011

Bob and Sally DowlerWhile the media should not be above the law, it is important to recognise the need for a general public interest defence. 

As the Leveson inquiry begins to hear its first evidence this week, the media will take a battering. Hearing the details of the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone will bring home just how unnecessary it was. Read the rest of this entry »