Leveson inquiry: 10 things we learned from the first round | Guardian

[Guardian – Dan Sabbagh] As Lord Justice Leveson ends the first part of his inquiry into the press, and amid a new wave of News International arrests, we examine the 40 days of testimony

The whole thing began with Hugh Grant arriving at the high court in a blaze of camera flashes – and ended with the Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre arguing over what the actor had said. In between it took up 40 days, with victims of crime, arrested journalists, a multi-millionaire author and every national daily newspaper editor among the 184 witnesses in court 73. Its presiding judge was shown pictures of a topless Carla Bruni and sent confidential material on the truth – or otherwise – of deleted voicemails on Milly Dowler’s phone. It is the Leveson inquiry into press standards, and after all that, the team have only completed part one, which ended on Friday. The others concern relations with the police, politicians and ethics. Lord Justice Leveson says he does not want to end up a “footnote in some professor of journalism’s analysis of 21st century history”. Amid the blizzard of evidence, what has he learned? .. full article here.

1 There is a McCann problem
2 Celebrities have feelings too
3 Plotting over new regulator has begun
4 There is also a Desmond problem
5 There’s a way to go on hacking
6 Journalists want a new deal on libel
7 Editors fear political control
8 Misdeeds are still being uncovered
9 Privacy is battling it out with the public interest
10 Pippa Middleton is in demand