Leveson myth and petition
AT THE time of writing, Prime Minister David Cameron looked set to ignore the key recommendations of Lord Leveson's inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press. The NUJ, following policy set at successive Delegate Meetings, welcomed Leveson's support for conscience clauses in journalists' contracts, specifying that we will not be penalised for upholding the Code of Conduct. The union "welcomes Lord Justice Leveson's support for a free press" and calls for "independent regulation of the press - independent of both government and of the industry".
Members may wish to look at the Hacked Off petition calling for Cameron, Clegg and Milliband to "implement, as soon as possible, the recommendations of the Leveson Report in full" at www.hackinginquiry.org - and consider signing it. The proposal is far from government control, the Freelance observes. Over 100,000 had already signed as we went to press, less than three days after the report came out. And check www.londonfreelance.org for details of a possible special meeting on Leveson organised by NUJ London branches early in 2013.