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By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

March 12, 2013 | 1 min read

Neil Wallis, a former News of the World executive editor recently cleared of charges relating to allegations of phone hacking, has called the Leveson Report a “catastrophic attack on free speech” but one which may provide an opportunity for PR to be more effective

Wallis told PRCATV: “Leveson, if you’re a journalist or a media company in the sense of providing news, has been an absolute disaster. It’s been a catastrophic attach on free speech.”

However, Neil added that the “The Leveson Chill” means that PR agencies with “great ideas, great projects that are well presented, well written and well thought-through, have an opportunity to hit now in a way that is more effective than it was even two years ago.”

Wallis will be speaking at the PRCA’s 'Future of Communications after Leveson's conference on Thursday March 14, which will also feature Guy Black, executive director, Telegraph Media Group and YouGov president Peter Kellner, who will present new research on the Leveson Inquiry.