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The Rise and Fall of the Fourth Estate:

Leveson, the future of the media & democracy

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This Debate

Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, John Kampfner, Gordon Lynch, Hugh Tomlinson. Samira Ahmed hosts.

In the wake of the Leveson inquiry and the phone-hacking scandal, the press finds itself beseiged. But what is the best answer for society? Is a fourth estate prepared to break the law essential for the health of democracy, or do journalists working outside of the law serve only their own self-interest?

The Panel

Independent columnist Yasmin Alibhai-Brown, MPs expenses and phone hacking barrister Hugh Tomlinson QC, Google free speech advisor John Kampfner and philosopher Gordon Lynch debate the power of the media.

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  • Hugh Tomlinson
    The Pitch
    Our media is addicted to celebrity
  • Yasmin Alibhai-Brown
    The Pitch
    The press are too self-interested and too obsequious to the government
  • John Kampfner
    The Pitch
    Stifling the media damages democracy
  • Gordon Lynch
    The Pitch
    Celebrity culture is bound up in our notions
  • The Debate
    Theme One
    Politics, crime, and justice
  • The Debate
    Theme Two
    Who decides 'the public interest'?
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