Leveson Inquiry Examined in York
8:44am 13th May 2013
A public discussion at the University of York will look at the ethical and political issues raised by the Leveson Inquiry and debate what we have learned.
Two expert witnesses from the inquiry, Professor Sue Mendus, from York’s Department of Politics and Professor Jennifer Hornsby, from the Department of Philosophy, Birkbeck, University of London, will discuss their further reflections on the issues raised by the examination into press ethics.
In the chair will be Ed Braman, from York’s Department of Theatre, Film and Television, a former Commissioning Editor for News and Current Affairs at Channel 4. The event this evening, 13 May is hosted by the Royal Institute of Philosophy and York’s Department of Philosophy at 6.30pm.
In July 2011, the Prime Minister announced a two-part inquiry to investigate the role of the press and the police in the phone-hacking scandal. Lord Justice Leveson was appointed Chairman of the Inquiry.
The first part of the Inquiry examined culture, practices and ethics of the press and, in particular, the relationship of the press with the public, police and politicians. Lord Leveson published his report on Part 1 of the Inquiry in November 2012.
‘Leveson and press integrity’, organised by Dr Rachael Wiseman and Dr Amber Carpenter, marks the first public event in a larger project the two York philosophers are putting together on Integrity in Contemporary Life.
Dr Wiseman said: “The Inquiry touched upon vital questions about the value and aims of a free press, its relation to free speech and a free market, which the Inquiry itself could not examine in proper depth.”
Dr Carpenter added: “Thinking through these issues is crucial to being able to think clearly about the press in a democracy. We hope to be able to start a local public discussion of these themes here.”
‘Leveson and press integrity: what have we learned?’ takes place on Monday, 13 May in the Berrick Saul Building. There will be a screening of Professor Hornsby and Professor Mendus's evidence in the Treehouse at 5pm and the discussion will be held in the Bowland Auditorium at 6.30pm. No booking is required.
For enquiries about the screening, discussion, or the Integrity in Contemporary Life project, please contact Dr Rachael Wiseman, firstname.lastname@example.org or Dr Amber Carpenter, email@example.com.
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