Ellis Schindler reports for the University of Nottingham’s Impact on the magazine’s visit to the Leveson Inquiry:
On the 23rd July 2012, Impact spent the day at the Leveson Inquiry. The day started with evidence from Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, who was questioned by Robert Jay QC. Akers is in charge of the criminal investigations, undertaken by the Metropolitan Police, into the phone hacking scandal.
Akers started off by stating that during Operation Weeting, an investigation into phone hacking, 15 current and former journalists have been interviewed and arrested.
Under Operation Elveden, which investigates inappropriate payments to members of the police from journalists, 41 arrests have been made including 23 current or former journalists, four police and nine current or former public officials.
Akers went on to say that Elveden has uncovered that some public officials may have taken payments, not only from News International, but from Trinity Mirror and Express Newspapers. These officials allegedly include one prison officer at a high-security prison who had received payments totally £35,000, and another prison officer at a different high-security prison who had received £14,000 in payments. She added that the police have found articles that they believe are linked to these payments and that the stories in question contain “limited material of genuine public interest”.
Full article here.