November 22, 2012 10:41 am

Leveson report to be published next week

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The Leveson inquiry will publish its report on the culture, ethics and standards in the UK press, including recommendations on how it should be regulated, in a week’s time on Thursday, November 29.

The report will be the culmination of more than a year of evidence-gathering that was sparked by public and political outrage at revelations that the News of the World hacked the mobile phone voicemail of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl murdered in Surrey in 2002.

Its recommendations on regulation are likely to be the focus of intense lobbying and debate as the newspaper industry is opposed to what many believe to be Lord Justice Leveson’s most likely recommendation, that there be some form of statutory framework for an independent regulator.

But the press’s critics, including celebrities, the families of victims of crime and some academics, support statutory underpinning, as it has become known. The report will be debated in the Commons on Monday, December 3, according to some MPs.

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