Leveson inquiry: 10 things we learned from the first round | Media | The Observer
Leveson started in November with evidence from Grant, and complaints from the father of a 7/7 victim that the inquiry had been “hijacked by celebrities”. However, it was the evidence of Kate and Gerry McCann, pictured, that had the most impact – the family whose search for their daughter in 2007 became a press ordeal a year later when they were accused of killing her. A halting Kate talked of “journalists [who] said we stored her body in a freezer”; photographers jumping out of bushes and shaking their car to get a startled look; and how she “felt totally violated” when the News of the World published her diaries without permission. Richard Desmond’s Express group paid £550,000 in damages, and the News of the World £125,000. Their testimony raised a simple issue: what happens when the next ordinary family is in the eye of the media storm? In the weeks afterwards, Leveson repeatedly talked about the need for ordinary people to obtain redress.