After 26 weeks of hearings, the UK’s Leveson Inquiry, held under the Inquiries Act 2005, has stopped to consider its mass of oral and written evidence gathered during Part 1 (474 people, 135 organisations and 3.2 million words, according to the BBC). “Save for a number of what might be described as ‘loose ends’ or ‘updates’ the gathering of formal evidence by the examination of witnesses is now at an end,” Lord Justice Leveson concluded. He now has to write the report for this first part, examining “the culture, practices, and ethics of the press” over four modules of evidence, which included 29 submissions on the future regime of the press.
End of Part 1, but will there be Part 2?
There was supposed to be a Part 2, which would deal more directly with the impetus for the Inquiry – allegations of widespread phone hacking by News…
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