Uphold public interest: judge

The judge heading the public inquiry into the phone hacking scandal on Thursday announced that he would use his powers to summon Editors, media owners and journalists to give evidence and warned against attempts to “close ranks”.

In his first public comments since he was asked by Prime Minister David Cameron to lead the inquiry, Lord Justice Brian Henry Leveson said he expected the witnesses to cooperate and help him “grapple” with issues around media ethics thrown up by the scandal sparked by revelations of phone hacking by journalists of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World .

“It may be tempting for a number of people to close ranks and suggest the problem is or was local to a small group of journalists then operating at the News of the World ,” he said adding: “I would encourage all to take a wider picture of the public good…”

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