Monday 11 December 2017

Irish Press Ombudsman to give evidence at UK’s Leveson Inquiry

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IRELAND’S Press Ombudsman John Horgan, has been invited to give evidence to the controversial Leveson Inquiry in Britain.

Press Council of Ireland chairman Dáithí O’Ceallaigh, said today that this invitation represented important recognition of the work that had been done by the Council and the Press Ombudsman in Ireland in the past few years.

Professor Horgan’s evidence will be given as part of Module 4 of the Inquiry, which will be considering the way forward for the future of press regulation in Britain.

He will attend the Inquiry at 11.30 a.m. on Friday next.

On a number of occasions since the Inquiry opened last November 2011 the Chairman, Lord Justice Leveson, has referred positively to the structure of the Irish Press Council and Ombudsman.

Both were established in the summer of 2007 and were formally recognised by the Dáil after the passage by the Oireachtas of the 2009 Defamation Act.

Coming on the back of phone hacking scandals in the UK, the Leveson Inquiry has been tasked with making recommendations on the future of press regulation and governance in Britain.

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