Charity submissions to the Leveson Inquiry

The Society is one of just 30 charities and campaign groups that have submitted evidence to the Leveson Inquiry so far. In December, last year, we responded to the call for evidence about the psychological implications of stories published by the press.

Now the Carnegie UK Trust is urging more charities and campaign groups to contribute and help shape the future of the media industry. Submissions to the Inquiry have included evidence from the media industry and representatives from law enforcement.

According to the Trust, of the 458 submissions of evidence, around 130 have been provided by those who defined themselves as journalists, while more than 60 submissions have come from those who are involved in law enforcement.

More than 35 submissions have been received from those who either run or own media organisations or newspaper titles.

Martyn Evans, Carnegie UK Trust Chief Executive, says: “We believe that charities and campaign groups have a valuable role to play in widening the parameters of this debate. They must make their voice heard.”

Bill Livingstone, Trust Trustee, adds: “The debate about the future of our media industry needs to hear from as many different groups as possible who have an interest in media ethics and the critical relationship between news media, civil society and a healthy democracy.

“The active engagement of charities and campaign groups, as well as other civil society stakeholders, is key to the quest to secure a sustainable balance between a free press and a responsible press.”

The Leveson Inquiry will be receiving written evidence until Sunday 15 July.