The Leveson inquiry has exposed Britain’s growing corruption problem

Yesterday, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers suggested to the Leveson inquiry that some sections of the press have been making regular payments to a network of corrupted public officials.

In the past, it may have been easy for British citizens to pretend corruption is a problem that only exists overseas. However, Akers’s revelations now leave no room for denying the UK has its own corruption problem. It may not be as widespread as in some other countries where the problem is entrenched, but any level of corruption in our public institutions is too much.

Last year, Transparency International’s study found that the growing threat of corruption is often met with complacency, and that key institutions are refusing to confront the problem. Of particular concern are prisons, political parties, parliament and sport – where the response to the increasing corruption risk is often incoherent and uncoordinated. Today’s revelations only add to the mounting evidence of the problem. Corruption creates a welcome environment for organised criminal activity. Read more.

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Chandu Krishnan

About Chandu Krishnan

Chandu Krishnan is Executive Director of Transparency International UK.

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3 Responses to The Leveson inquiry has exposed Britain’s growing corruption problem

  1. Katy 29 April 2012 at 9:50 am #

    If you are interested in press freedom here is a great debate by Worldbytes, where volunteers consider the Counter Leveson Inquiry, a campaign launched by the online journal Spiked. Journalist Patrick Hayes challenges participants not to go along with the inquiry’s dangerous assumptions. He argues that free speech and a free press with no ‘buts’ are essential for democracy.

  2. remboursement mutuelle 12 April 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Genial ! Je partage ca sur facebook. Merci 1000 fois ! Bonne journée


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