Leveson report set to be published

Lord Justice Leveson will release the first part of his inquiry into press standards next Thursday

Lord Justice Leveson will release the first part of his inquiry into press standards next Thursday

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The report from the first part of the Leveson Inquiry into press standards is to be released next Thursday.

The much-debated report is expected to include chairman Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations on the future regulation of the British press.

David Cameron set up the inquiry in July last year in response to revelations that the News of the World commissioned a private detective to hack murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone after she disappeared in 2002.

The first part, which started in September last year, looked at the culture, practices and ethics of the press and its final report will be published on November 29, the inquiry announced. Lord Justice Leveson will publish the report at 1.30pm, followed by an "on-camera statement". It will then be laid in both Houses of Parliament.

A small number of people in the Government, expected to include the Prime Minister, will be given limited access to the report up to a day before. After publication, Mr Cameron will make a statement and MPs will debate it in detail for up to six hours on Monday December 3.

Culture Secretary Maria Miller urged MPs to await next week's publication before rushing to judgment on how to reform newspaper regulation, but said the status quo was "not an option".

The inquiry has seen Lord Justice Leveson and his panel of advisers hear months of evidence - some explosive - from key figures including victims of press intrusion, politicians and journalists. Leaked details of private letters from the chairman to newspaper groups were said to have revealed stinging criticism, with one source saying he had thrown the "kitchen sink" at the press.

Debates have raged in the run-up to the publication of the report, with the press urging the Government not to impose statutory regulation, while campaigners called for Mr Cameron to follow its proposals.

Mr Cameron has indicated he will implement any recommendations which are not "bonkers".

In a statement issued on behalf of victims of press intrusion and phone hacking, campaign group Hacked Off said the inquiry's report was a "moment of truth for the British newspaper industry".

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