U.K.'s House of Lords Votes in Favor of Second Media Industry Inquiry

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The Leveson Inquiry was launched by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 following the phone-hacking scandal.

Britain's House of Lords on Wednesday voted in favor of a second phase of the Leveson inquiry into wrongdoing at major newspaper companies.

The first phase was launched by then-Prime Minister David Cameron in 2011 following the phone-hacking scandal. U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has opposed a second phase as have newspaper companies, which have argued another inquiry would threaten free speech.

The opposition Labour Party and Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, which is one of the two houses of the British parliament, outnumber May's Conservative Party. The house voted in favor of an amendment to a data protection bill that calls for a probe of "corporate governance and management failures" at newspaper groups.

The amended bill will next be debated in the House of Commons, the other house of the British parliament. The amendment would cover "news publishers," possibly including websites and TV networks. 

The first part of the inquiry wrapped up in 2012 after months of hearings. The second phase — about management failures and police investigations — was delayed because of then ongoing criminal prosecutions.

 

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