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Leveson: News, Rumours, Spin and Politics – A Round Up

The report of Part 1 of the Leveson Inquiry will be published this Autumn. We will consider the anticipated date of delivery shortly. As Lord Justice Leveson toils away analysing the evidence of 650 witnesses and the 6,000 pages of documents, the media and politicians sharpen their knives and oil their spinning machines. The past fortnight has seen only one item of actual news about the Inquiry. But that has not stopped the media publishing rumours, spin and nonsense about it.  In the first of a new occasional series we round up the media’s Leveson material from the past couple of weeks. Continue reading

Leveson: Leaking, Spinning and Briefing – the undermining begins

The press is always at its ugly worst when it is reporting on issues which affect its own interests.  Its self-image as a fearless crusader, speaking truth to power, is put to one side as it spins and distorts in accordance with the wishes of its proprietors.   A majority of the population supports statutory regulation of the press as does the National Union of Journalists.  The proprietors fear that this will also be the view of Lord Justice Leveson.   And, just in case it is, they are getting their retaliation in first. Continue reading

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