It was 2 years ago this month that I, and other victims of press abuse, gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry. It was a year ago today that Lord Justice Leveson delivered his landmark report. It was a month ago that the Royal Charter, implementing his report, was sealed with all-party support.
Thanks to our supporters, we have been able to fund an advertisement in the Guardian today launching the Leveson Royal Charter Declaration, signed by over 100 leading figures from the worlds of literature and cinema, science and academia, human rights and the law.
The former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams, the presenter Clare Balding, Sir Tom Stoppard, Ian McEwan, Gary Lineker, John Cleese, Sir Alan Ayckbourn, Alan Bennett and many others have all signed. You can see the advert in the Guardian or view it on this link.
Like you, and the vast majority of the public, these signatories recognise that the Charter will deliver a free and accountable press and is in no way a threat to free expression. The declaration is now open for signature more widely, and we would like to give you the opportunity to sign first. Just sign up here.
If we can raise enough funds we will place the advert in more national newspapers so please tick the donate box and give what you can.
Thanks again from all at Hacked Off.
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PS There is still time to register for the Leveson Lecture this afternoon at the Free Word Centre in London, given by David Yelland (ex-editor of The Sun), with responses from a panel including playwright Michael Frayn and BBC commentator Steve Hewlett. You can register here.