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.
Executive Director of Imkaan, a UK-based black and minority ethnic women's organisation, at time of Inquiry. Imkaan aimed to prevent and respond to violence against marginalised girls and women. Larasi also co-chaired the End Violence Against Women Coalition, which became a registered charity in 2015. She asked the press to avoid reproducing attitudes which condoned violence against women and girls.
Director of Full Fact, an independent fact-checking organisation campaigning against inaccuracy in the media, at the time of giving evidence. Moy told the Inquiry that the phone-hacking scandal had undoubtedly harmed public trust in the press and that we all needed to ask why journalists were the people least trusted to "tell the truth". Full Fact is a registered charity.
Founder and Chair of Support after Murder and Manslaughter (SAMM), an organisation focused on providing a befriending service to family members and close friends bereaved by murder and manslaughter. Submitted research on the impact of press coverage on families affected by such events.
Group Director and board member at Ofcom at the time of giving evidence. Submitted an Ofcom study on the importance of media plurality, recommending that Government consider how to strike the right balance between promoting plurality and encouraging economically sustainable news-media organisations. Argued that judging a newspaper by circulation was not an accurate measure of its impact on society. Ofcom is an independent body which regulates the UK's broadcasting, telecommunications and wireless communications sectors and sets and enforces rules on fair competition between companies in these industries.
Former Director of British Irish Rights Watch, an independent non-governmental human-rights organisation. At the time of the Inquiry, an active member of the Hacked Off campaign, after learning of the hacking of her emails while working with BIRW. She expressed her concerns to the Inquiry at the length of time the police might have known of this hacking before contacting her.
Founded 1962. Self-regulatory organisation of the UK advertising industry. The ASA Chairman, Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith), gave evidence of the organisation’s experience of regulating the media in relation to phone hacking, computer hacking, “blagging”, bribery and corruption.
Independent project, a collaboration between Index on Censorship and English PEN, launched to help journalists and writers defend themselves in costly libel cases. The Project offered suggestions on how its organisation might work within a new regulatory framework.
Australian computer programmer and director, founder and editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks, an organisation he formed in 2006, dedicated to leaking hitherto secret information. Assange gave evidence of his dealings with the Press Complaints Commission and his complaints about the many false statements and libels of him in the press.
Established 1987. The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is the UK’s national membership organisation for health and medical research charities. The AMRC aims to bring together and support health and medical charities, to produce high-quality research by influencing policy and highlighting the sector’s contribution to patient and public health.
Born 1953. English Labour Party politician and former MP for The Wrekin between 1997–2005. He is a co-founder and director of the Speakers' Corner Trust, a registered charity promoting free expression, public debate and active citizenship as a means of revitalising civil society in the UK as well as in Berlin, Prague and Nigeria.
Now known as Ombudsman Association. Members include ombudsmen and other complaint-handling bodies in the UK, Ireland and British Overseas Territories and Crown dependencies. Gave evidence on the role of ombudsmen generally and possible roles of mediation in the Press.
Formed 2002. The world’s largest independent cancer-research charity, aiming to reduce the number of deaths from the disease by conducting research on prevention, diagnosis and treatment. The organisation is funded through donations, fundraising and partnerships and with the help of their 40,000 regular volunteers. Gave evidence with Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) and the Wellcome Trust on the importance of accurate and responsible reporting of science.
Launched 2009. Registered charity aimed at inspiring and encouraging the personal development of young people through journalism, writing, literacy and improved communication skills. The CJET aims to create better public connection with the media, journalism and current affairs.
Formed 2012 and now defunct, professional body for social workers, set up to improve standards in the care industry. Closed in 2015 after government funding was cut. Submitted paper outlining journalistic practices that social workers consider to be unethical and unacceptable.
Irish Secretary of the National Union of Journalists with overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of union activities, organisation and financial affairs in Ireland North and South at the time of giving evidence. He was also a member of the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) Executive Council and of the Press Council of Ireland's finance and administrative committee. Offered the Inquiry a brief history of recent legal debates on the press in Ireland including proposals for a draconian privacy bill. Told the Inquiry that the UK obsession with editors was not mirrored in Ireland.
The mosque, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, serves Great Britain's largest Muslim community, accommodating more than 7,000 worshippers. The chairman of the Mosque and its Centre, Abdul Bari, responded to the Inquiry's call for evidence of bias or prejudice against the Muslim community in press reporting. Abdul Bari gave as example a highly defamatory attack on himself on the Daily Telegraph website. The offending material had been taken down following his protests.
EVAW offered a submission to the Inquiry in December 2011, arguing that if the Inquiry did not "address culture, practice, ethics, standards and the public interest with regards to the reporting of violence against women" it would be incomplete.
Now known as MEND - Muslim Engagement and Development. A not-for-profit company encouraging British Muslims to be more actively involved in British media and politics. The organisation gave the Inquiry instances of anti-Muslim press stories and of complaints it had put before the Press Complaints Commission.
Founded 1992. Equality Now is an international charity founded by lawyers Jessica Neuwirth, Navanethem Pillay and Reryal Gharahi. The charity acts to protect women's rights and fight against the discrimination of women and girls. Gave evidence with similar charities on recommendations for a new regime with respect to women's rights.