Movie stars, singers and models have long been attacked for being foolish, materialistic and dumb, mostly by tabloid editors.

But the Leveson Inquiry has been more than an opportunity for celebrities like Hugh Grant and Charlotte Church to air their grievances about press intrusion.

It has been a golden opportunity for them, and others, to prove they are not just a pretty face, to reinvent themselves as campaigners and lobbyists, and to face down the editors who they claim made their lives a misery.

One of the most prominent voices in the debate on press reform has been Hugh Grant, who sits on the board of directors of Hacked Off.

The group, which counts former Reuters and Independent journalist-turned academic Brian Cathcart among its founders, says its aim is a "free and accountable press".

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Hugh Grant speaking on behalf of Hacked Off at the Conservative Party conference


Its detractors say it will pave the way for state regulation of the press but Hacked Off says it has not proposed any particular form of regulation, instead calling for an "effective" system "independent of both the government and the press industry".

Grant has become the face of the celebrity movement, appearing on Newsnight, Question Time and a host of media to make the case for tougher regulation, even being pursuaded to join Twitter as @HackedOffHugh to pursue the cause.

The actor, who listed his location as 'Anywhere but Wapping' follows just 31 people, including nemesis and News International owner Rupert Murdoch, and other Leveson Inquiry journalists like Ian Burrell of the Independent and the BBC's Nick Robinson, and fellow celebrity privacy campaigner Charlotte Church.


Bella
So is following . Will Rupert follow back or will he ignore him to keep him keen?


Many, including tabloid editors and chat show host Piers Morgan, have ridiculed the actor, known for romantic comedy's like Bridget Jones Diary and Four Weddings and a Funeral, for using the cause for career purposes.


Piers Morgan
Fact: I've appeared in 2 more movies (Campaign & Flight) than Hugh Grant this year. No wonder he's so Hacked Off!


Sir Robin Bogg
I hope there isn't too much in the Hugh Grant report

Grant, who gave evidence to the inquiry, said he wants to see "independent regulation underpinned by statute" which would likely involve parliament giving more powers to whatever body replaces the Press Complaints Commission.

Charlotte Church, who told the inquiry into media standards that she was pressured into waiving a £100000 fee to sing at Rupert Murdoch's wedding, has also used the inquiry to spearhead a privacy campaign, and will appear on Question Time to debate the issue on Thursday night, after the report is published.

Actor Steve Coogan has also taken on the campaign, appearing on numerous political talk shows and the Liberal Democrat conference to petition Nick Clegg.

Their campaigning led Murdoch to deride them as "scumbag celebrities" on Twitter and was forced to apologise.

But many have commented that the appearance of celebrities like Grant, Church, Coogan, Sienna Miller and Abi Titmuss, detracted from some of the victims of crime whose phones were allegedly hacked by the News of the World journalists.


Andrew Evans
Leveson story on trailed with photos of Millie Dowler and Hugh Grant. As if any wrongs done to them by media are vaguely comparable!

Graham Foulkes, whose 22-year-old son David was one of the 52 people killed in the 2005 7/7 attacks criticised the inquiry for turning into a "celebrity circus".

He told BBC Breakfast: "Leveson went from being a really serious piece of work for Joe Public to OK! magazine overnight.

"The whole focus of the issue was which celebrity was on, what was he saying, what was she saying?

"And then it became the Rebekah Brooks show and the David Cameron show and the horse-riding show."

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    British actor Hugh Grant arrives to attend the press conference and publication of the Leveson report, based on a major inquiry set up after the phone-hacking scandal, in central London on November 29, 2012. Senior judge Brian Leveson said British press should have a new self-regulatory body underpinned by legislation which would provide 'an independent process to recognise the new self-regulatory body and reassure the public that the basic requirements of independence and effectiveness were met'. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    British actor Hugh Grant arrives to attend the press conference and publication of the Leveson report, based on a major inquiry set up after the phone-hacking scandal, in central London on November 29, 2012. Senior judge Brian Leveson said British press should have a new self-regulatory body underpinned by legislation which would provide 'an independent process to recognise the new self-regulatory body and reassure the public that the basic requirements of independence and effectiveness were met'. AFP PHOTO / CARL COURT (Photo credit should read CARL COURT/AFP/Getty Images)

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    Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons in London on Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons in London on Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons in London on Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

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    Max Mosley speaks to the media after Lord Justice Leveson announced his Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    Prime Minister David Cameron makes a statement to MPs in the House of Commons in London on Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press.

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    Max Mosley speaks to the media after Lord Justice Leveson announced his Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    John Prescott is interviewed on College Green opposite the Houses of Parliament after the Leveson Inquiry is published.

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    John Prescott is interviewed on College Green opposite the Houses of Parliament after the Leveson Inquiry is published.

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    John Prescott is interviewed on College Green opposite the Houses of Parliament after the Leveson Inquiry is published.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Chris Bryant MP carries copies of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann (centre) looks on as a spokesman for Hacked Off reads a statement following the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann (centre) looks on as a spokesman for Hacked Off reads a statement following the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann (centre) looks on as a spokesman for Hacked Off reads a statement following the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann (centre) looks on as a spokesman for Hacked Off reads a statement following the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann (centre) looks on as a spokesman for Hacked Off reads a statement following the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings into the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings into the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings into the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings into the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson delivers his findings into the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre in central London.

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street to make his way to the House of Commons to make a statement on the result of Leveson Inquiry, London, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Lord Justice Brian Leveson released Thursday his report, after a year long inquiry, into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation to prevent phone hacking, data theft, bribery and other abuses. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    British Prime Minister David Cameron leaves 10 Downing Street to make his way to the House of Commons to make a statement on the result of Leveson Inquiry, London, Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. Lord Justice Brian Leveson released Thursday his report, after a year long inquiry, into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation to prevent phone hacking, data theft, bribery and other abuses. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Lord Justice Leveson with the Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Protesters outside for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Protesters outside for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Protesters outside for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Protesters outside for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Protesters outside for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Bob and Sally Dowler arrive for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Bob and Sally Dowler arrive for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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    Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Report from the Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press, at the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

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Adam Boulton shows the size of the Leveson report which consists of over 2000 pages

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The report has now been published online. You can read it here:

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Lord Leveson delivers his speech

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And he said politicians of all parties had developed “too close a relationship with the press in a way which has not been in the public interest”.

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The judge said the press had ignored its own code of conduct in a way that had “wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people” on far too many occasions over the last decade.

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He said there had been a “recklessness in prioritising sensational stories”, irrespective of the harm that may be caused.

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Lord Justice Leveson today called for legislation to underpin a "genuinely independent and effective system of self-regulation" for the press.

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In his report on press standards and ethics, Lord Justice Leveson has called for legislation to provide “an independent process to recognise the new self-regulatory body and reassure the public that the basic requirements of independence and effectiveness were met”.

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@ JGForsyth : Does the Leveson report come under one in, one out? If the coalition regulates newspapers, does it have to de-regulate another industry?

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@ politicshomeuk : Sir Ming Campbell says there's "a division of opinion in the Coalition, a division of opinion in the Conservative party" on #leveson.

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@ iankatz1000 : In case u missed, must-read @emilybell: "Leveson cannot deal with is the regulation of the press in the 21st century" http://t.co/sgMlFSHv

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@ JohnHigginson : The Leveson report is so long it comes in a BOX (at least 5in thick) Arrrgh! #leveson

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Journalists are getting ready for the Leveson lock-in. They will have an hour to read the report before it is published.

@ SophyRidgeSky : Hope my speed reading is up to scratch. Leveson report said to be 2,000 pages. @amberelliottsky tells me I need to read 16 pages a minute.

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@ johnprescott : "Time Gentlemen Please" - My exclusive blog for @LabourList ahead of the #Leveson statement http://t.co/t4O93f2U

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Labour's shadow leader of the Commons Angela Eagle makes fun of the fact Cameron and Clegg are making separate statements. "What on earth is happening to collective responsibility?" she asks.

Noting that the play Yes Prime Minister had come to an end, she added: "There is at least still be one farce running in Whitehall."

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The government has confirmed that Nick Clegg will deliver his own statement on the Leveson Report after the prime minister.

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@ thomasbrake : Getting one of my rare outings at the Dispatch Box today, safe in the knowledge that anything I say will be buried by Leveson!

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@ georgeeaton : This week's @NewStatesman leader on #Leveson: state regulation of the press is neither just nor necessary http://t.co/RvnB7Y1o

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@ Mike_Fabricant : Everyone has a strong view on Leveson's 2000 page report except, errrr, they haven't even read it yet. Give Brian a break!

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The Leveson Report will be published at 1.30pm and David Cameron will make a statement to the Commons at 3pm.

Until then, let's all wildly speculate about what it will say...

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