"I want this inquiry to mean something", not end up as "footnote in some professor of journalism's analysis of 21 century history." LJ Leveson in reply to A Rusbridger's submission to Inquiry.
|Lord Justice Leveson, Shami Chakrabarti, Sir David Bell, Lord Currie, George Jones, Sir Paul Scott-Lee, Elinor Goodman|
Opening submissions began on Monday 14 November 2011. The proceedings are shown here live on the Leveson Inquiry website.
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Monday, November 21st 2011 (Hearing 3 record of Leveson Inquiry on this blog can be found here.)
Video Recordings of Monday 21st November Hearings:
Transcripts and Witness Statements here.
Today's Participants: Mr. and Mrs. Dowler, Joan Smith, Graham Shear, Hugh Grant
|1. Mr, and Mrs. Dowler|
BBC News - Newspaper review: Papers reflect on Leveson Inquiry
Attorney General Seeks Contempt Action Over papers' Milly Dowler Coverage - Guardian
Video - Dowlers' Hacking Pain - ITV News
Sally Dowler "She's Picked up Her Voicemail, Bob - She's Alive." - Telegraph Live Blog
BBC News - Hacked Dowlers Thought Milly Was Alive
Milly Phone hack 'Gave False Hope' - Press Association
Hacking Inquiry First Witness - Mail Online
From the Guardian Live Blog:
|2. Joan Smith, journalist|
Joan Smith has been a journalist for more than 30 years. She worked for the Sunday Times Insight team, doing stories like the Iranian embassy siege, the Yorkshire ripper etc.
She then went freelance writing for the Guardian, Independent and the Evening Standard.
Labour Minister's Former Partner Was 'Collateral Damage' - Guardian
Joan Smith: There's a Camaraderie Amongst Those of us Who Were Victims - Independent
JoanSmith: Tabloids have few morals[: a culture] so remorseless that people involved have lost any sense that they are human beings
Tabloid people have lost sense of dealing with people rather than just stories. Private life becomes a commodity, Joan Smith tells
Joan Smith : Glenn Mulcaire was an obsessive note taker.
Leveson Inquiry Hears From Journalist Joan Smith - Charlotte Henry
|3. Graham Shear, lawyer|
(From Guardian Live Blog): Shear has worked on extremely high profile cases in the past and acts for several footballers. He has also in the past acted for Jude Law.His first major case he handled that brought him in close contact with media was Robbie Williams and Take That breakup in 1995.
Shear says the market for kiss and tell stories from "young ladies" who, presumably had a relationship with some of his footballer clients could get anything from between £10,00 for the most innocuous story to something like "a quarter of a million"."Rebecca Loos [who had an affair with David Beckham] and others who have been paid very large sums for their stories," said Shear.From 2006 and 2007 the type of story tabloids were sicking from kiss and tell ladies had changed he said.
Shear says he believes the tabloid" business model" has "become dependent and infatuated with sensataional and titillating stories". Shear says "the Press Complaints Commission is no match for the larger media organisations."He says it is a mediator, not a regulator."
Graham Shear's witness statement 'if an individual stands up to the press, the press then embarks on a revenge fuelled attack'.
(From Guardian Live Blog): Shear remembers being in the countryside at his house and going outside before his clients arrived.
"I was quite flabbergasted that several minutes before they arrived two cars showed up with four or five people in each car that preceded them, parked at one end of the street, to then have the clients come up.