Submitted in response to written requests from the Inquiry, usually providing lists of questions to be answered. In most cases these formed the basis of questioning in public sessions, but in some cases they were read into the record (or taken as read) and the witness did not appear in person.
Given by witnesses invited by the Inquiry, normally after they have made written statements. These sessions could be viewed live online and sometimes on television news services, and the video recordings are part of the archive. The statements were usually released to the public after the public sessions.
Welcome to Discover Leveson, a new, fully searchable and freshly curated online public archive, ensuring that any reader can now tap in to the wealth of evidence generated by the Leveson Inquiry, the most comprehensive modern resource of information on journalism and its role in society in the English-speaking world.
For the first time, Discover Leveson allows users to explore the Inquiry’s extensive archive with ease, using state-of-the-art search facilities developed by our partner organisation SDS Group, the leaders in the field of digital archival search functionality.
In addition, Discover Leveson provides a wealth of newly written contextual and explanatory material, including more than 600 new biographies and dozens of new essays exploring the Inquiry’s key themes and topics.
The Discover Leveson archive consists of material from 198 public sessions including more than 500 hours of video footage, 8,000 unique documents (ranging from 1 to 500+ pages), more than 20,000 pages of transcripts, statements and supporting documents from more than 600 individuals and organisations, a 2,000-page final Report, a 48-page Executive Summary and a wide range of other key documents related to briefing sessions, seminars, anonymous witnesses and protocol.
The archive includes a very wide range of views from both inside the world of journalism and outside it – including those of prime ministers and other politicians, proprietors, editors, journalists, celebrities, judges, the police and victims of wrongdoing – and these are presented as they were given. The archive itself has no opinions and every effort has been made to guide users through the material in an impartial manner.
The most important inquiry of its kind in British history, the Leveson Inquiry sought to understand the role of journalism in modern society – a mission that is as important today as when Lord Justice Leveson published his Report on 29 November 2012.
In order to explain and communicate the continuing relevance of the Inquiry’s work to a new generation of readers, Discover Leveson has commissioned a wealth of exclusive contextual material, including:
All new material has been produced under the supervision of Professor Brian Cathcart, the project sponsor and founder the Journalism Department at Kingston University, one of the highest-rated in the UK. Brian was also a specialist advisor to the Commons media select committee, co-founded the Hacked Off campaign and twice gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.
With specialist search functionality designed by our partner organisation SDS Group, Discover Leveson allows users for the first time to search the Inquiry archives in three ways: