Leveson Inquiry welcomes campaigner's submission


A University campaigner has approached the Leveson Inquiry, raising issues he claims have an importance ‘several orders of magnitude greater’ than phone hacking.

Dr David Golding CBE (Hon DCL 2007), a global poverty campaigner and an Associate of the Newcastle Institure for Research on Sustainability (NIReS) has made a detailed submission to Lord Justice Leveson’s long-running inquiry into press misconduct, entitled ‘Old-style/New-style Abuse of Press Freedom’ citing many authoritative sources in the statement.

He contends that the behaviour of the press relating to some of the great issues of the day not infrequently constitute gross professional misconduct, by failing to provide well informed and balanced treatment.

Dr Golding said: 'The potential damage to human welfare of the abuses to which I draw attention is several orders of magnitude greater than that involved in the matters, such as phone hacking, which led to the setting up of the Inquiry. 

'As I show, HIV/AIDS denialism was responsible for the unnecessary deaths of hundreds of thousands of vulnerable people; millions of lives are lost each year as a result of the cynical disregard shown by developed countries for their oft-repeated promises on international aid and trade justice; and billions are likely to perish under conditions of catastrophic global collapse unless we rise to the challenge of climate change. 

'Much of the press is currently complicit in an almighty gamble with the welfare of the whole of humanity.'

The submission has been welcomed by the Inquiry team and will be published as part of the Inquiry’s evidence. However, David has been informed he will not be required to appear before the Inquiry in person – to his profound disappointment!

The full text of the submission, with sections on International Aid Antagonism, HIV/AIDS Denialism, and Climate Scepticism, can be found on the North East Call to Action website.

Photo credit with thanks: The Journal/NCJ Media

published on: 6th June 2012

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