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Leveson is a fundamental threat to the free press

BY spectator events


January 30, 2013

6:30 pm



Andrew Neil, chairman, The Spectator Magazine Group

Richard Littlejohn, For the motion, columnist, Daily Mail

Paul Staines, For the motion, prominent political blogger, Guido Fawkes

John Whittingdale, For the motion, chair, Culture, Media and Sport Committee

Chris Bryant, Against the motion, victim of phone – hacking

Max Mosley, Against the motion, former president, FIA and campaigner, press reform

Charlotte Harris, Against the motion, partner, Mishcon de Reya & director, Hacked Off


The Leveson Inquiry has provoked the most heated debate about journalism in British history. His call for new statutory regulation of print media has left a stand-off between politicians and the press.

On 30th January 2013, key players argued whether the Leveson proposal signalled the end of Britain’s free press.