UK: Official website of Leveson Inquiry investigating role of press & police in phone-hacking scandal
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Author: Martin Evans & Gordon Rayner, Telegraph [UK]
Sally Dowler said she had been attempting to call Milly’s mobile constantly in the weeks after she disappeared…but could not get through because the mailbox was full. She eventually succeeded because some of the messages had been deleted and immediately thought Milly must still be alive. Giving an emotional testimony to the Leveson inquiry into press standards yesterday…Mrs Dowler said she immediately cried out to her husband: “She’s picked up her voicemail, Bob, she’s alive.” But the couples’ hopes were cruelly dashed because…it is alleged it was private detective Glenn Mulcaire [who had deleted the messages]…working on the orders of the News of the World [part of News International]…Mr and Mrs Dowler were the first witnesses to give evidence before the Leveson inquiry…[Mr Dowler] told the inquiry: “Fundamentally, everybody’s entitled to a degree of privacy in their private life, and it’s a deep concern that our private life became public.”
Author: Sarah Rainey, Telegraph [UK]
Actor Hugh Grant has accused the British tabloid press of being "toxic" and "unethical" after suggesting to the Leveson Inquiry that his phone may have been hacked by the Mail on Sunday…"Their motive is money, it is always profit, why should I help them make money out of invading my privacy?"…He urged Lord Justice Leveson to reform the Press Complaints Commission to "give it teeth". He added: "I just think there is a section of our press that has been allowed to become toxic over the years…Mr Grant was speaking on the first day of oral evidence at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards and media ethics. Earlier he accused the Mail on Sunday of hacking into his voicemails, saying it was "inconceivable" that the paper could have obtained a story about his relationship with Jemima Khan any other way…The Mail on Sunday has categorically denied Mr Grant's allegations.
Author: Guardian [UK]
[Guardian coverage of Leveson inquiry]
Author: Leveson Inquiry [UK]
This is the official site of the Leveson Inquiry. It aims to provide the latest information on the Inquiry, including details of hearings and evidence, to the public and interested parties...The Prime Minister announced a two-part inquiry investigating the role of the press and police in the phone-hacking scandal, on 13 July 2011…The first part will examine the culture, practices and ethics of the media. In particular, Lord Justice Leveson will examine the relationship of the press with the public, police and politicians. He is assisted by a panel of six independent assessors with expertise in key issues being considered by the Inquiry…It will make recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance consistent with maintaining freedom of the press and ensuring the highest ethical and professional standards.