Defeat of Government Bill in Lords Could Provoke Second Media Probe

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    The House of Lords has introduced the possibility of a second Leveson Inquiry on the table following support for an amendment to the Data Protection Bill of the government.

    Peers voted 238 to 209 which is in favour of a crossbench amendment which summons for a fresh examination into the “corporate governance and management failures” at various news companies.

    Major publishers criticise a second part of the Leveson Inquiry on the basis that free speech could be undermined.

    However, the decision of the government not to call for a new probe has led to allegations that the Conservatives are gratifying media barons. Today, Baroness Kennedy of Labour said that the government of the United Kingdom “doesn’t want to fall out with its friends in the press.”

    Baroness Hollins, the one who tabled the said amendment, stated that she was now aware of the “inaccurate, corrupt and illegal practices” of the press after Abigail Witchalls, her daughter, was left paralysed after being stabbed way back in 2005. Hollins presented evidence in the first Leveson Inquiry regarding press intrusion into her family life after the incident.

    However, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice, Lord Keen of Elie, argued that the said amendment could “cut across” the continuing work on press regulation and data protection.

    Earlier this evening, another amendment has also been passed after peers voted 235 to 204 in favour of a register of a publicly controlled personal data of national significance.

    A second inquiry was suggested as the result of the phone-hacking scandal, which brought down the News of the World newspaper of Rupert Murdoch.