Lord Justice Brian Leveson delivered his final report into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press on Thursday and called for a new regulatory body established in law to oversee press behavior. The report follows a year-long investigation after revelations of phone hacking and other illegal behavior surfaced at Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid paper, News of the World.
Last summer, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that Lord Leveson would lead the independent investigation looking into the culture and practice of the British press. 475 individuals provided evidence to the The Leveson Inquiry. The committee heard testimonies from Rupert Murdoch and his son, James, actor Hugh Grant, author J.K. Rowling and former Prime Ministers Tony Blair, Gordon Brown and John Major.
The report follows a year-long investigation after revelations of phone hacking and other illegal behavior surfaced at Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
British Prime Minister also addressed members of the House of Commons on the findings and recommendations of the report.
The "News of the World" paper, owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International, has admitted to hacking the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime in the U.K. and folded last year. Rupert Murdoch also owns News Corporation, which owns several American media outlets, including Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.