THE Leveson inquiry into press standards will be published on Thursday morning next week, Culture secretary Maria Miller has revealed.
• Maria Miller reveals results of Leveson Inquiry to be published next Thursday morning
• Phone hacking scandal has led to several high-profile figures being charged
The report will include the findings of Lord Justice Leveson into the culture, practices and ethics of the media following several months of hearings and will be the first of two parts of an investigation ordered by Prime Minister David Cameron last year.
The inquiry followed revelations about phone hacking at News International including the phone of the murdered school Milly Dowler.
The scandal has led to several senior figures from the company being charged including former chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson, who was also the chief spin doctor for Mr Cameron at Downing Street.
This morning Mrs Miller said: “I expect Lord Justice Leveson to deliver his report by the end of the month and the inquiry team will be making an announcement about specific times this morning.”
She urged MPs to await next week’s publication before rushing to judgment on how to reform newspaper regulation, but she said the status quo was “not an option”.
Speaking at Commons questions, she added: “The principles that will drive any solution to the problems we face with regards to the press are that we need to have an independent regulator that needs to be tough and certainly doing everything to preserve free speech.”