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Old 11-30-2012, 10:25 PM
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Post JK Rowling responds to PM Cameron's decision on Leveson Proposal

After conducting an intensive investigation of the British media, which included testimony from J.K. Rowling and other victims, Lord Justice Brian Leveson’s proposal recommending news media legislation was rejected by Prime Minister James Cameron.



J.K. Rowling stated she feels “duped and angry” at the prime minister’s reluctance to support a law for the press and published the following statement:

JK Rowling: I feel duped and angry at David Cameron's reaction to Leveson.

If the prime minister didn't want to implement the report, why were people like me asked to relive our painful experiences in public?

I am alarmed and dismayed that the prime minister appears to be backing away from assurances he made at the outset of the Leveson inquiry.

I thought long and hard about the possible consequences to my family of giving evidence and finally decided to do so because I have made every possible attempt to protect my children's privacy under the present system – and failed. If I, who can afford the very best lawyers, cannot guarantee the privacy of those dearest to me, what hope did the Dowlers, the McCnans and the Watsons ever have of protecting their own children and their own good names? Those who have suffered the worst, most painful and least justifiable kinds of mistreatment at the hands of the press, people who have become newsworthy because of the press's own errors or through unspeakable private tragedy, are those least likely to be able to defend themselves or to seek proper redress.

My understanding is that Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations would give everybody, whatever their degree of celebrity or their bank balance, a quick, cheap and effective way of holding the press to account. They would also protect the press against frivolous complaints and reduce costly lawsuits. At the moment, only those of us who can afford the immensely expensive, time-consuming and stressful services of the legal system are able to take a stand against serious invasions of privacy, and even this offers little or no protection against the unjustified, insidious and often covert practices highlighted by the Leveson inquiry.

Without statutory underpinning Leveson's recommendations will not work: we will be left with yet another voluntary system from which the press can walk away. If the prime minister did not wish to change the regulatory system, even to the moderate, balanced and proportionate extent proposed by Lord Justice Leveson, I am at a loss to understand why so much public money has been spent and why so many people have been asked to relive extremely painful episodes on the stand in front of millions. Having taken David Cameron's assurances in good faith at the outset of the inquiry he set up, I am merely one among many who feel duped and angry in its wake.

I hope that those who share similar concerns will speak up now and sign the Hacked Off petition. Cameron said that he would implement sensible recommendations: it is time for him to honour that commitment and join the other political leaders by supporting the Leveson recommendations in their entirety."
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She is so spot on and right with everything she says in this statement. Innocent people stand no chance!x
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Old 12-01-2012, 05:51 AM   #3 (permalink)


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signed the petition, even if im not from there, because legislature like this should be mirrored in other countries too.
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I saw Jo's statement on the news and I completely agree with her and, in fact, just as I write this, that is one of the headlines being said!
Emma has signed the petition too.
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To be honest I didn't even know anything about this, but having done quick background search on it before reading Jo's statement I have to say that I'm agreeing with her on this one and that I fully support what she's saying about everything because she actually seems to be standing up for the truth and trying to point that out!
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Jo is right. Cameron seems to be making a bigger political move on this one. Think of the lives of innocent people, Mr. Prime Minister.
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Jo is right. Cameron seems to be making a bigger political move on this one. Think of the lives of innocent people, Mr. Prime Minister.
I think Cameron is more right on this than some admit. He doesn't want to give the government power to regulate the press, that might lead to some bad cases in the future. Think about it: A media that is controlled by the establishment. The chances of abuse are high, and I hope Mrs. Rowling is aware of that.
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I'm 50/50 on this so I won't be signing it, If the Government have power to regulate the press it could lead to bad things later on down the line, but the press have to know what the limit are.
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I'm 50/50 on this so I won't be signing it, If the Government have power to regulate the press it could lead to bad things later on down the line, but the press have to know what the limit are.
Yeah, the press do need to have limits, but the government should be the last one to impose them. In America we have independent media watchdogs such as the liberal FAIR and MEDIA MATTERS and the conservative Newsbusters. But it would be a horrible thing to let the government control the press. Just look at the mega abuse in China, the media isn't allowed to say anything bad about what the government is doing. Reporters who dissent are punished in the name of the "common good".
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Hmmm... I have to say that I am with Rowling on this one!
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