Brookes Chancellor and director of Liberty to assist phone hacking inquiry

Wednesday, 20 July 2011


The Prime Minister has announced that Shami Chakrabarti will be one of the panel members assisting Lord Justice Leveson on the official judicial inquiry into phone hacking.

The Prime Minister has announced that Shami Chakrabarti will be one of the panel members assisting Lord Justice Leveson on the official judicial inquiry into phone hacking.

Other panel members are veteran journalist George Jones; former political editor for Channel 4 News Elinor Goodman; former chairman of the Financial Times Sir David Bell; former chairman of Ofcom Lord David Currie and former chief constable of West Midlands police Sir Paul Scott-Lee.

Commenting on the appointment, Shami Chakrabarti, Oxford Brookes Chancellor and director of human rights group Liberty, said, “It was a daunting privilege to be invited to Lord Justice Leveson’s panel for such an important public inquiry.

 “My acceptance is a vote of confidence in the vital role of independent judicial process in times of national difficulty. It comes from an optimism in the ability of a great democracy to look itself in the mirror in the spirit of re-building public trust.”

The inquiry will look at the phone hacking scandal specifically but also at broader issues involving politics, the media and the police. When it was announced, David Cameron said it should be as; "robust as possible and get to the truth fastest and get to work the quickest”.

Lord Justice Leveson said in a statement that the “press provides an essential check on all aspects of public life. That is why any failure within the media affects all of us.”

He concluded: “At the heart of this inquiry, therefore, may be one simple question; who guards the guardians?”.

The inquiry is expected to report back within 12 months.