Leveson online: a publicly reported inquiry

Townend, Judith (2013) Leveson online: a publicly reported inquiry. Ethical Space: the international journal of communication ethics, 10 (1). pp. 14-21. ISSN 1742-0105

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Abstract

The Leveson Inquiry has broken new ground for court and political reporting: for the first time a public inquiry held under the Inquiries Act 2005 has been played out live on the internet. Online media provided a chance for ordinary members of the public, non-profit groups and small media organisations to expand and question mainstream media narratives, as they watched, blogged and tweeted proceedings. This paper considers public access to the inquiry, arguing that digital communication has allowed for a newly liberated form of debate and enhanced the public's entitlement to report what they hear in court, in accordance with a longstanding legal tradition of open justice. Additionally, it has improved UK citizens' right to freedom of expression - which includes the right to receive as well as impart information and ideas. The public's increased access to inquiry resources and reporting tools does not necessarily indicate a greater role on the 'news stage', but it opens up the possibility for greater public influence on news discourse, and beyond that, political debate.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: leveson inquiry, access to information, court reporting
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Judith Townend
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 11:46
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67679

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