Christopher Jefferies Tells Leveson The Media 'Shamelessly Vilified' Him Over Joanna Yeates Murder

28/11/2011 11:32 | Updated 28 January 2012

Christopher Jefferies, the landlord wrongly arrested over Joanna Yeates's murder, has said the media "shamelessly vilified" him.

He told the Leveson Inquiry on Monday that he was at the centre of a "frenzied campaign to blacken his character".

Rather than being treated as an innocent man, Jefferies said tabloid newspapers had already decided he was guilty.

"The national media shamelessly vilified me. The UK press set about what can only be described as a witch hunt," he said.

"It was clear that the tabloid press had decided that I was guilty of Miss Yeates's murder and seemed determined to persuade the public of my guilt.

"They embarked on a frenzied campaign to blacken my character by publishing a series of very serious allegations about me which were completely untrue," said the former teacher.

Jefferies said his reputation was ruined after his wrongful arrest. Jefferies said he had been "effectively under house arrest"

"There was another suggestion that I was a bisexual. The press were trying to have it every possible way," he said.

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28/11/2011 16:18 GMT

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28/11/2011 16:17 GMT

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28/11/2011 16:11 GMT

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28/11/2011 16:06 GMT

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@ jamesro47 :

Broadcast experience shows proprietors need not fear regulation, Diamond says. Fair point #leveson

28/11/2011 16:05 GMT

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28/11/2011 16:01 GMT

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28/11/2011 15:55 GMT

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28/11/2011 15:47 GMT

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28/11/2011 15:42 GMT

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@ SkyFixer69 :

Other papers then ran spoiler stories that we'd done a deal with the Sun allowing the access to the funeral. #Diamond #Leveson

28/11/2011 15:41 GMT

Strong feelings emerging from Leveson today!/bargeboards/status/141179639916793857

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