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.
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.
Former CEO of now-defunct paparazzi picture agency Big Pictures. In his evidence to the Inquiry, Regan declined to comment on allegations, published in The Guardian, that "a senior employee at Virgin Atlantic" had "passed private flight details of celebrities" to Big Pictures.
Independent body established in 2007 to provide objective analysis of drug policy and practice. Submitted evidence on research into the impact of press coverage on the illicit use of drugs and also on the risks of stigmatising drug use. Launched its final report in 2012.
Paparazzi photo agency founded by Darryn Lyons in 2002. Gave evidence in 2012 and later that year went into administration. Lyons told Inquiry that Big Pictures had “no code of practice document or manual” but relied on the integrity and scrutiny of its staff to obtain and shoot pictures appropriately. Denied “upskirting” Charlotte Church or having photographers follow Kate McCann.
Sunday edition of The Independent published from 1986 to 2016. John Mullin, editor at the time of the Inquiry, said that IoS journalists would be expected to work to the highest ethical standards and would not engage in the types of conduct being placed before the Inquiry. Mullin also defended his decision to publish a story during the period of the Inquiry detailing Andy Coulson's shares in News Corporation while working for 10 Downing Street. Mullin refused to reveal to the Inquiry how he came by Coulson's as-yet-undelivered witness statement.
Founded 1990. The Press Complaints Commission (PCC) was a voluntary regulatory body for British printed newspapers and magazines, made up of representatives of the major publishers. The PCC closed in 2014, and was replaced by the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO), chaired by Sir Alan Moses.
Set up by the Press Council to raise a levy on the newspaper and periodical industries to finance the Council, which had previously been funded directly by newspaper proprietors. Known as "PressBoF", it later funded the Press Complaints Commission. This arrangement was intended to ensure secure and independent financial support for effective self-regulation. The Board ceased to operate following the abolition of the Press Complaints Commission in 2014, and it was dissolved in August 2016.