PHONE HACKING LEVESON INQUIRY FAILED TO REVEAL LAW FIRMS STEALING DATA – Evidence that Lord Leveson failed to include in the Phone Hacking inquiry now reveals that the biggest perpetrators was not in fact the press but rather large law firms and corporations.
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Let he who is without sin cast the first stone. Now I’m not a religious man but if Government Ministers and MPs ever lived by this rule it is most likely they would never utter another word for if you want to find the true sinners look no further than the halls of power.
While there is no question that the News of the Worlds phone hacking practices were outrageous and a violation of privacy, the Leveson Inquiry was designed not simply to punish those involved but rather was a sinister attempt to finally be allowed to silence the press through measures of control.
The press is often intrusive but that is the nature of the beast. You simply cannot uncover a story without proper investigation and this often means intruding on others and their privacy. However there are limits and it is clear that certain members of the press took it beyond an acceptable level; but to use this as an attempt to gag the press is tantamount to creating a totalitarianism dictatorship where Government would have free reign to do what they pleased without any public oversight.
From new details that have emerged it now transpires that Lord Leveson deliberately omitted critical information in the report. He failed, according to news reports, to detail the level of phone hacking from leading law firms and corporations that were on such a vast scale it made the press incident look petty in comparison.
The final release of the Leveson Inquiry was nothing more than an attempted to introduce laws that would in effect gag the media and yet the report was full of inaccuracies and many paragraphs throughout the document were simply cut and paste from other articles found on the internet.
The cost of the Leveson Inquiry was a staggering £5.5 million of which David Cameron ordered and approved. In these times where austerity is being forced upon the British public one might expect that such a sum would be spent wisely. However as we have become accustomed the inquiry and its prevailing report was simply a shallow attempt at regulating the press and which itself attempts to cover up a much wider and disturbing level of intrusion on the privacy of others.
I won’t attempt to paint the press a pristine white as they are often guilty of going too far in order to uncover a scandal. However the press is not the villain the Leveson Inquiry would have you believe and trust me, the last thing you want is to live in a country where the media is state controlled – North Korea is a prime example of this type of oppression.
The press must be held accountable in a court of law for any wrong-doing but the treatment must be equally spread to any other organisations, companies and law firms that engage in the same activities; in this case hacking into private individuals computers, mobile phones and landlines in order to uncover information.
The attempt by the Leveson Inquiry is a sinister attempt by Government to control what is printed and yet the press is now responsible for uncovering a report by the Serious Crime Squad that was purposefully buried by the Leveson Inquiry in order to retain its focus on the press in the pursuit of finally being able to control it.
Do you think Leveson Inquiry was a farce in attempting to gag the press? Do you think the cost of the Leveson Inquiry is scandalous? Please leave your comments below.