24 November 2011

Leveson Inquiry: Hearings - Day 7


"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. 

BBC Democracy Live Leveson Inquiry live-feed here.

Full list of Core Participants to be found here. (Guardian Website)

Relevant links from mainstream media, blogs and social media:

(Twitter feed for Leveson Inquiry on right of Home page of this (#pressreform) blog.) ->->->
Thursday, November 24th  2011 (Hearing 6  record of  Leveson Inquiry on this blog can be found here.)

From Official Leveson Inquiry Website:


The first witness on the morning of Thursday 24 November 2011 is known as HJK. This person is protected from being identified in any way by an order of the High Court.  To ensure this protection continues, Lord Justice Leveson has agreed that there should be no press or public in the hearing room while HJK’s evidence is heard.  There will therefore be no live streaming to the website until this evidence session has been completed. 
A transcript of HJK’s evidence will be placed on the website as soon as possible after the evidence session.
Massed cameras at ready, awaiting arrival of today's witnesses....( via @Silverbrow )
10.46.a.m. announced on Twitter by Mark Stone from Sky
First Arrest in Met's Computer Hacking Investigation

BBC News - Piers Morgan and ex News of the World Reporter, Neville Thurlbeck to be Called by Leveson to Give Evidence

Today's Participants: HJK, Sienna Miller, Max Mosley, JK Rowling, Mark Thompson

Profiles of today's Core Participants from Guardian here.


Witness Statement in full

Copy of Anonymity Order for HJK

From Guardian Live Blog:
"The inquiry is going to hear from an anonymous witness tomorrow morning, code named HJK.
The name has been derived from three consecutive letters on a keyboards
Leveson says the issue is that HJK is afraid he will say something that will compromise his privacy.The lawyers will see and hear him, but his evidence will have no wider distribution.
The transcript of his evidence will be made public.
HJK is an ordinary member of the public and the hearing will be held in private, says David Barr, junior counsel to the QC.
His statement has been distributed to core witnesses, but Barr suggests that the public would be excluded from the court while HJK gives evidence, there will be no video or audio broadcast of HJK's evidence."
BBC News - Leveson Inquiry: Witness 'HJK' Gives Evidence 

Sienna Miller

Witness Statement in Full
"After she waged war on, and won a restraining order against Big Pictures, Britain's biggest employer of paparazzi, her life changed in an instant. "From one day to the next I went from feeling hunted and paranoid and terrified and insecure, to no one harassing me."
Sienna Miller: hacking's Heroine - Profile - Independent 

JK Rowling, Sienna Miller Address Phone-hack Inquiry - CBC News 

'Paparazzi Spat at me' Sienna Miller Tells Phone-hacking Inquiry - International Business Times

Ben Fenton
Mirror cut boy out of photo she was playing "shooting" game with at charity event & sd she was drunk. Won case but damage done

From Guardian Live Blog:
The Mirror apology said:
"On Saturday 12 March we printed picturess of Miller ... we said that Sienna's boozy antics had shocked guests and that she had behaved in an unprofessional manner.
We are happy to point out that she was not drunk and did not behave unprofessionally. In fact she was playing with a sick child ..."

Max Mosley

Ross Hawkins
Max Mosley at : however long I live (the notw story) is the number 1 thing people think of when they hear my name

"Max Mosley rose to the top of his profession in Formula One before a News of the World exposé of his sex life turned him into a campaigner for tougher privacy laws.
In 2008 the High Court awarded Mr Mosley £60,000 damages against the News of the World after ruling that there was no justification for a front-page article alleging he had taken part in a sadomasochistic orgy with Nazi undertones. Mr Mosley successfully proved that there had not been a Nazi theme to his escapade with five women."
Max Mosley: Profile - Telegraph

From Guardian Live Blog:
"Here's a bit of his background in relation to the press:
TMax Mosley won £60,000 in his privacy action against the News of the World over a 2008 article that had falsely accused him of taking part in a "sick Nazi orgy". In his judgment, Mr Justice Eady said that Mosley had a reasonable expectation of privacy in relation to his sexual activities no matter how unconventional. He found no evidence of Nazi themes in the orgy and said Mosley's life had been ruined. Earlier this month a French court ordered the publisher of the News of the World to pay €32,000 in costs and damages to Mosley in a second privacy action over the 2008 article."

T Portilho-Shrimpton
Mosley: what they'd done was so outrageous i wanted to get those people into the witness box and demonstrate they were liars

T Portilho-Shrimpton
Mosley was told if he lost it would cost £1m or moreand if he won would still cost tens of thousands of pounds

Sharon Patrick 

Leveson Inquiry and max Mosley evidence resumes after lunch:

T Portilho-Shrimpton
We're back. Max Mosley suggesting Rebekah Brooks and Paul Dacre got together to attack Mr Justice Eady

Paul Dacre, Editor Daily Mail, Ass. Editor of Mail on Sunday

Max Mosley: Press Had 'No Human Feeling At All' - Journalism.co.uk

Full Coverage of Max Mosley's comments and evidence on Guardian Live Blog.

Ben Fenton
Despite Mail denials, says it's inconceivable they didn't realise they were procuring illegal info from Op Motorman sources

JK Rowling

Witness Statement in Full
"The Harry Potter author has previously expressed her displeasure with the press. In May 2008, she won a legal battle to secure the privacy of her children after photographs were published in the Sunday Express of her young son as he was wheeled down an Edinburgh street in a push-chair."
JK Rowling Among Core Participants - Guardian

JK Rowling, Sienna Miller Address Phone-hack Inquiry - CBC News 

Daily Mail Article mentioned by JK Rowling as example of breach of privacy 

JK Rowling v OK! Magazine - PCC Ruling

JK Rowling Chased From Home by Press, She Says - CNN 

Audioboo/JK Rowling on Her 'Most Outrageous' Moment of Press Intrusion - via @joshhalliday

 JK Rowling Says Press Left Her Feeling Under Seige - Associated Press 

BBC - JK Rowling Tells Leveson Inquiry of Press Intrusion

Gavin Freeguard

Rowling's house 07/08: story , Greenslade , her complaints to the PCC

Claire Williams
RT : JK Rowling at : Scottish Sun went to head of daughter's school with false claim daughter had upset other pupils

Ben Fenton
there is truly heroic journalism in UK.People who risk their lives and other end behaviour that is illegal and intrusive

Full Coverage of JK Rowling's Interview on Guardian Live Blog

Mark Thompson

Witness Statement in Full
From Guardian Profile: "A media lawyer who acts for hacking targets including Miller and her ex-husband Jude Law, Thomson secured one of the first major payouts for a hacking victims, winning £100,000 plus damages for Miller from News International. Sherborne claimed in his opening remarks to the inquiry that Thomson was also placed under surveillance by News International because of his work for hacking clients who were taking on the News of the World. Thomson also represented interior designer Kelly Hoppen, an ex-partner of former Arsenal and England footballer Sol Campbell, who accepted damages of £60,000 from NI after it also admitted hacking her mobile phone. A former partner at Schillings, Thomson represented Naomi Campbell in her landmark privacy action against the Daily Mirror in 2002."
LJ Leveson said that Thompson there mainly to provide commentary.

Ben Fenton
Thomson says red-top & tabloid don't want PCC to be effective.As long as it exists this kind of activity will go on,Thomson tells

Ben Fenton
Regulator shd have powers to find and order corrections.Sthg like the ITC in TV. PCC with extra teeth won't work. Thomson tells

A Man Called Wood
: Thomson - PCC tries to wear too many hats. Conflicts of interest. Proper regulation should be closer to the ITC.