|Lord Justice Leveson|
"The focus of the Inquiry is ‘the culture, practices and ethics of the press’ in the context of the latter’s relationship with the public, the police and politicians. All of these matters overlap, and my goal must be to consider what lessons, if any, may be learned from past events and what recommendations, if any, should be made for the future, in particular as regards press regulation, governance and other systems of oversight."
"The relationship between the press and the police and the extent to which that has operated in the public interest."
Leveson Inquiry Witness Statements HERE
Leveson Inquiry Witness Lists HERE
Video Recordings of each day's proceedings HERE
Live Feed From Leveson Inquiry Site HERE
BBC Democracy Live Feed HERE
Links to today's articles, blogs, comment and information relevant to the Leveson Inquiry:
- Lord Hunt's Proposal: The Last Chance Saloon Again - Brian Cathcart - Inforrm's Blog
- Law and Media Round-up - 12th March 2012 - Inforrm's Blog
- Boris Deputy 'Pressured Met to Limit Phone Hack Inquiry' - Evening Standard
- Gordon Ramsey Sues Over Alleged Email Hack Info - Digital Spy
- Leveson Will Subject Press Regulation Proposal to 'Forensic Analysis' - The Free Speech Blog
The co-ordinated arrests were made between approximately 0500 and 0700 this morning by officers from Operation Weeting, the MPS inquiry into the phone-hacking of voicemail boxes.
All six - five men and one woman - were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977.
A number of addresses connected to the arrests are being searched.
Today's operation follows consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service.
Details of the arrests are as follows:
A 49 year old man was arrested at his home address in Oxfordshire and is being interviewed at a Buckinghamshire Police Station.
A 43 year old woman was arrested at her home address in Oxfordshire and is being interviewed at an Oxfordshire police station.
A 39 year old man was arrested at his home address in Hampshire and is being interviewed at a South West London police station.
A 46 year old man was arrested at his home address in West London and is being interviewed at a central London police station.
A 38 year old man was arrested at his home address in Hertfordshire and is being interviewed at a central London police station.
A 48 year old man was arrested at a business address in East London and is being interviewed at an East London police station.
- Phone-hacking: Six Arrested Under Operation Weeting - Guardian
- Rebekah Brooks Among Six Arrested in Phone-hacking Investigation - Guardian
- Rebekah Brooks and Her Husband Reported to be Amongst 6 Arrested by Phone-hacking Police - Telegraph
- ( Linked article from Guardian July 2011 )
- BBC News - Phone-hacking: Rebekah Brooks Arrested in Weeting Probe
- From Telegraph Live Blog:
10.00 Lord Justice Leveson will not release Operation Motorman material to respect the privacy of those Steve Whittamore targetted. Three participants in the inquiry complained they would only take part on grounds their anonymity was respected. The inquiry is not interested in "who did what to whom" but wider issues of conduct. It is unfair to innocent reporters who did not break the law but are included in the documents, Leveson notes. The files were requested by David Sherborne QC, counsel to the victims.
- Boris' Deputy Lobbied Five Times For Police to Limit Hacking Inquiry - Independent
- The Missing Link? Phone-hacking and the Motorman Files - Hacking Inquiry - Hacked Off
- Zelo Street: Murdoch Is Served (69)
- Leveson Inquiry: Dick Fedorcio Let NotW Reporter Write Story on Met Computer - Telegraph
- From Guardian Politics Live Blog, 2:45 p.m.:
Harriet Harman, the shadow culture secretary and Labour's deputy leader, has put out a statement following the arrest of Rebekah and Charlie Brooks. She is calling on the Leveson inquiry to "investigate the full extent of the relations between the prime minister and senior News International executives at the time when hacking was rife". Here's the statement in full.
It is important that the police are continuing to pursue the investigation into phone hacking.
Rebekah and Charlie Brooks are, on the prime minister's own account, close friends of his.
The Leveson Inquiry – when looking into the relations between the press and politicians – will need to investigate the full extent of the relations between the prime minister and senior News International executives at the time when hacking was rife and at the time his government was considering News Corp's bid for BSkyB.
|From BBC Website - Unfortunate juxtaposition of images?||Via Dan Sabbagh|
Tuesday, 13th March 2012
Link to Module 2, Day 8 HERE
Sara Cheesley ( Senior Information Officer, MPS )
Dick Fedorcio ( Director of Communications, MPS )
Sara Cheesley Witness Statement in Full
|( Image from Telegraph Live Blog )|
From Police - Press - Officers briefing notes - 2011:
Sarah is the Senior Information Officer on the Specialist Operations Press Desk at the Metropolitan Police Service. She leads a team which has responsibility for all counter-terrorism, security and protection issues, with particular emphasis on promoting the work of the Metropolitan Police Service in combating the threat from terrorism. Sara has extensive experience in crisis management as well as law enforcement and multi-agency liaison on CT communication issues throughout the UK and overseas.
Dick Fedorcio Witness Statement in Full
- BBC News - Video - Former Met Police Chief Lord Blair on Son's Work at the Sun (suggested by Dick Fedorcio)
- Video: Phone -hacking: John Yates and Dick Fedorcio Clash Over Who Vetted Neil Wallis - Telegraph
- Met PR Man Dick Fedorcio Put on Leave - Guardian
- Nick Davies - Fedorcio - The Link Between Scotland Yard and the News of the World - article from July 2011
Ross Hawkins tweets: "Lucy Panton notw crime ed once filed a story from Fedorcio's office computer says his w/s"