The comic has told the Leveson Inquiry that compared to some other well known people, he never entered into any kind of Faustian pact with the press. He also revealed that many celebrities fear what will happen next if they were to speak out at an inquiry into media standards since the newspapers acted as if they were in the Mafia.
Campaigning against the way newspapers
Hugh Grant also took the cause on himself, taking on the responsibility of campaigning against the way newspapers conduct themselves and pry into other peoples personal information. Newspapers are feeling the heat as they are slowly being exposed to how they generate their news stories and how they get hold of the initial information.
A lawyer who has been working for film actor Hugh Grant has already made a warning against the questionable tactics that are used by newspapers, as there is the chance that it could derail the entire enquiry. The inquiry has been ordered by the Prime Minister David Cameron, after it was revealed that reporters at the old News of the World paper had hacked into thousands of phones, there was no boundary these reporters weren’t willing to cross after it was revealed that they had also hacked into Milly Dowlers phone.
Coogan is best known for his role as TV presenter Alan Partridge, and he stated that he had lost count on the amount of times tabloid newspapers released ‘kiss and tell’ stories on him. The Daily Mail ran a story about him and Owen Wilson alleging that the pair had taken drugs in 2007, but Coogan revealed that when this had taken place he was not in his right mind.
The Leverson Inquiry opened last week, and it has exposed the aggressive tactics the tabloid press use to gain and trade stories of the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Coogan was dressed in a sober dark suit and tie, and just like Grant had done, felt it was necessary that he spoke out about the media.
Doubts over Cameron
The whole scandal has raised doubts over the Prime Minister’s judgement in employing the News of the World editor Andy Coulson as a media advisor until this year especially since that paper was engulfed by accusations of phone hacking and invasion of privacy.
Talking about the inquiry Coogan said: “Many other celebrities, for want of a better word, have told me that they agree with me and they would like to come (to the inquiry) but they don’t have the stomach for it and they fear what will happen.”