Press Regulation: Social Issues

Task One: The Leveson Enquiry

  • What was the Leveson Enquiry?

The Leveson inquiry is a judicial public inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press following the News International phone hacking scandal, chaired by Lord Justice Leveson, who was appointed in July 2011.

  • When did it take place?

Levesson appointed during 2011. A series of public hearings were held throughout 2011 and 2012. The actual phone hacking took place from the 90s onto 2006.

  • Who was involved?
  • Sir David Bell, former chairman of the Financial Times
  • Shami Chakrabarti, director of Liberty
  • Lord Currie, former Ofcom director
  • Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel 4 News
  • George Jones, former political editor of the Daily Telegraph
  • Sir Paul Scott-Lee QPM, former Chief Constable of West Midlands Police


  • What newspapers were involved?

The News of the World was a national red top newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011. It was at one time the biggest-selling English-language newspaper in the world, and at closure still had one of the highest English-language circulations.

News International

  • What was the outcome?

Task 2: Why was The Leveson Enquiry Necessary?

  1.  It looked at the relationship between the press and the public, including phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour, and at the relationships between the press and the police and the press and politicians.
  2. But the Hacked Off campaign, which represents many alleged victims of phone-hacking, says voluntary self-regulation has failed and its said that the Leveson proposals are the way forward.
  3. The Free Speech Network, which represents many editors and publishers, is vigorously opposed to any state involvement in press regulation. It says the press exists to scrutinise those in positions of power, and it could not do that if those it was scrutinising had authority over it.

Task 3: Ross Barkley article by Kelvin MacKenzie

  • “There is something about the lack of reflection in his eyes which makes me certain not only are the lights not on, there is definitely nobody at home.”
  • “I get a similar feeling when seeing a gorilla at the zoo. The physique is magnificent but it’s the eyes that tell the story.”
  • “So it came as no surprise to me that the Everton star copped a nasty right-hander in a nightclub for allegedly eyeing up an attractive young lady who, as they say, was “spoken for”.

Task 4: Roy Greenslade on the IPSO

Greensalde thinks that the IPSO isnt effective, just like the PCC. Also that the government are turning a blind eye. The IPSO have there own guidelines and were not involved in the phone hacking scandal, therefore they shouldnt have the same regulations as the others.

The Guardian, who self reguate, are effectively like studios cutting there own material to get a 12A certificate. They are avioding the regualtion in place and doing there own.

Task 5: Hacked Off

Question: What is Hacked Off?

Question: When was Hacked Off established?

Question: What does Hacked Off do?


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