London: British Prime Minister David Cameron and seven of his top ministers, including Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt, will depose before the Leveson Inquiry into the culture, ethics and practices of the UK media.
The Inquiry today granted "core participant" status to Cameron and seven of his top ministers, including Hunt, who has been in the news for alleged proximity to Rupert Murdoch`s News International.
In the next weeks, the inquiry will go into the relationship between the news media and politicians, which is alleged to have been too close for several decades in Britain.
The inquiry was set up in the wake of the phone-hacking inquiry at the News of the World.
The ministers include Business secretary Vince Cable, who was recorded in a sting operation last year that he would "destroy" Murdoch`s media empire in Britain.
The responsibility of deciding on the multi-billion pound BSkyB takeover was removed from Cable after the remarks, and handed over to Jeremy Hunt.
Other ministers to depose before the inquiry are deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, education secretary Michael Gove, Home secretary Theresa May, Justice secretary Ken Clarke and chancellor George Osborne.
Former editors of the now closed News of the World, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are scheduled to appear before the inquiry next week.