As I sit, with other victims of press intrusion, abuse, and phone hacking, in the Hacked Off green room next to where Leveson summarised his report, it is clear that the mood is buoyant: people feel that their voices have been heard and that Leveson ensured that their submissions to the inquiry were taken on board.
The media have tended to focus on the more famous supporters of Hacked Off, which only hides the reality of how many non-celebrities have had their privacy invaded by the press. The people in this room are normal, everyday individuals, who have experienced tragedy and loss, and whose lives have been further devastated by the press. “In the public interest” must never mean “of interest to the public”: none of the press abuse victims should have been thrust into the limelight.Judgement day for the UK press: as the Leveson inquiry reaches an end, read Chris Bryant, Zoe Margolis and other key figures digest Lord Justice Leveson’s report, which calls for a new press regulator (quote above by Margolis).
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