novelist JK Rowling says she is 'alarmed' at PM David Cameron's response to the Leveson report. Source: AAP
BEST-SELLING novelist JK Rowling says she is "alarmed and dismayed" at British Prime Minister David Cameron's response to the Leveson report.
The Harry Potter author, who gave evidence about press intrusion into her family's privacy to the inquiry by Lord Justice Brian Leveson, argued that without statutory underpinning the recommendations would fail.
She described how she had been left feeling "duped and angry" by Mr Cameron's hesitance to "cross the Rubicon" and introduce a press law.
"I thought long and hard about the possible consequences to my family of giving evidence and finally decided to do so because I have made every possible attempt to protect my children's privacy under the present system, and failed," Rowling said.
"If I, who can afford the very best lawyers, cannot guarantee the privacy of those dearest to me, what hope did the Dowlers, the McCanns and the Watsons ever have of protecting their own children and their own good names?" Rowling asked, referring to those who have come under media scrutiny in Britain.
"Without statutory underpinning Leveson's recommendations will not work," she added.
"We will be left with yet another voluntary system from which the press can walk away.
"If the prime minister did not wish to change the regulatory system even to the moderate, balanced and proportionate extent proposed by Lord Leveson, I am at a loss to understand why so much public money has been spent and why so many people have been asked to re-live extremely painful episodes on the stand in front of millions."
Giving evidence in November last year, Rowling told the inquiry that journalists had driven her out of her home and targeted her five-year-old daughter at school.
The 47-year-old - whose characters in the Harry Potter series include an unscrupulous tabloid journalist called Rita Skeeter - was particularly critical of newspapers that published details about her homes that would allow people to find where she lived.