The general secretary for the National Union of Journalists (NUJ) told the Inquiry how anonymous evidence she had collected from journalists had pointed to a bullying, intimidating atmosphere throughout the industry.
Despite their evidence being anonymous, Stanistreet said many journalists she spoke to "were too scared about their experiences being shared with the inquiry, petrified".
The main issues she raised with the Inquiry were bullying, sexual harassment and journalists being put under "intolerable pressure" to perform, saying the experiences she head of were “prevalent within the industry today".
One journalist with more than 30 years' experience on national titles including three years at News of the World told Stanistreet there was "tremendous pressure," and they were often given "impossible tasks" to complete.
Another journalist, with 32 years experience, became aware of "dark arts" practised on newspapers in the 1980s, with journalists regularly using private investigators. They said he had no reason to believe things had changed, with those who practiced the dark arts rising to senior positions today, they claimed.
Stanistreet also criticized Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre's proposal for a kite-marked press card scheme as a 'ridicuous notion,' saying it was impractical, unworkable and would put all blame on the journalist.