Leveson Inquiry: This is what should happen
…in my view(!)
It’s been summed up quite nicely by Graham Foulkes, whose son David was killed in the 7/7 attacks. Although not confirmed, it is believed that he was a victim of phone hacking after being told by police that Glenn Mulcaire had a file full of his details:
What mustn’t happen, under any circumstances, is for parliament and government to start interfering and passing laws to regulate the press and the media in any shape or form. A free press and a free media is a cornerstone of democracy and we should not allow the government to interfere.
I’m hoping that Leveson comes up with a process which will restore public confidence in the media by forcing the media to behave themselves. [ref]
In a similar vein to my “don’t be a dick and stay out of prison” post a little while ago, the newspaper industry could have avoided all this by showing some common decency and empathy towards those who are suffering with personal tragedies and by simply not invading people’s privacy.
For me, the only answer is a truly independent regulator, not influenced by either the press or the government. Quite who should be a part of this, I don’t know. I’d never heard of Lord Leveson before this inquiry so I’m sure there’ll be someone I’ve never heard of perfect for this job.
Lets hope whatever happens today puts a stop to needlessly intrusive journalism, though I’m not sure that illegally listening to other people’s voicemails qualifies as journalism.