Here’s a really uninspiring quote from the judge leading the inquiry into the phone hacking scandal:
He said it was critical that the inquiry concentrated on “the central and most important issue”, adding 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.”
He said in September he would be holding in the first instance “a series of seminars on the ethics of journalism and the practices and pressures of investigative journalism”. He added: “At some stage there needs to be a discussion of what amounts to the public good, to what extent the public interest should be taken into account and by whom”.
He added he would later hold seminars on press relationships with the police, politicians and the political process.
I doubt whether Rupert Murdoch dribbled in his Depends after reading that press release. I hope Lord Justice Levenson is able to take a moment from his high-minded seminars and general concern with the public good to turn some disgruntled News Corps ex-employees into current informants. Or, perhaps the seminars are just a smokescreen, but Leveson’s announcement that he can’t complete the first part of the inquiry in the year allotted is also troubling.