WARNING ON PRESS FREEDOM
Wednesday November 16,2011
A LEADING lawyer yesterday urged Lord Justice Leveson to use his public inquiry into media standards to strengthen press freedom.
Deputy High Court judge James Dingemans QC, appearing at the inquiry for the Daily Express, stressed the “fundamental importance of the freedom of the press”.
Citing the former Lord Chief Justice, Lord Bingham, he said: “The proper functioning of a modern participatory democracy requires that the media be free, active, professional and inquiring.
“For this reason the courts … have recognised the cardinal importance of press freedom and the need for any restriction on that freedom to be proportionate and no more than is necessary.”
He said it was “perfectly plain” that regulation must also deal with the internet.
Mr Dingemans’s remarks came after News International said it could not rule out the possibility that News of the World staff continued hacking phones even after one of its reporters was jailed.
Deputy High Court judge James Dingemans QC, appearing at the inquiry for the Daily Express, stressed the “fundamental importance of the freedom of the press
The family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked, will give evidence to the inquiry next week.