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Tabloid scandal: UK PM announces inquiry

2011-07-08 10:58

London - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Friday announced a public inquiry led by a judge into the phone hacking scandal at the News of the World tabloid.

Cameron said a second inquiry would be held to examine the regulation of the press following the scandal, which led to Britain's biggest Sunday newspaper being shut by its owner Rupert Murdoch on Thursday.

"The Deputy Prime Minister (Nick Clegg) and I have agreed that it's right and proper to establish a full, public inquiry to get to the bottom of what happened," Cameron told a press conference at Downing Street.

"A judge needs to be in charge so there's no question that it is totally independent and things are done properly.

"These are the questions that need answering: Why did the first police investigation fail so abysmally? What exactly was going on at the News of the World? And what was going on at other newspapers?

"Of course, the bulk of the work of this inquiry can only happen after the police investigation has finished. That is what the law requires."

Credible panel of figures

Cameron said the second inquiry, into the way in which the press in Britain is regulated in the future, could begin straight away.

"I want to establish a second inquiry to begin at the earliest available opportunity, ideally now, this summer," Cameron said.

"This inquiry should be conducted by a credible panel of figures drawn from a range of different backgrounds who command the full support, respect and above all confidence of the public.

"They should be truly independent, without any motive but to seek the truth and clean up the press.

"This second inquiry should look at the culture, the practices and the ethics of the British press.

"In particular, they should look at how our newspapers are regulated and make recommendations for the future."


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Comments
  • York Hunt - 2011-07-08 11:22

    The timing of this scandal is perfect. So world governments can harden restrictions on the media. Which in itself is a conundrum because the world bankers own the governments and the media as well. But in any case it will give THEM an excuse not to tell YOU the truth!

  • jowza - 2011-07-08 11:31

    lets give them the info bill

  • Biko Lives - 2011-07-08 11:42

    The whole UK including the Queen is a scandal!!

      Glen - 2011-07-08 12:26

      Media tendencies

  • tommy 2 - 2011-07-08 11:46

    Media and goverments are aligned.Mr cameron came into power because of his great relationship with News corp,hence he had the british media on his side therefore winning the elections.Launching an enquiry,what a joke when they knew all about it.The big world media players only give us one side of a story.eg the Libyan crisis................ So is this how Mr MURDOCH has made his billions over the years,but as usual nothing will come of it because its News Corp and they have and still are helping the U.S. and its allies overthrow goverments and cover up

  • silverflash - 2011-07-08 12:29

    Bring on the Media tribunal board , these Agents need to learn to report responsibly

  • silverflash - 2011-07-08 12:36

    These journalist have no integrity anymore , They are like vultures looking to exploit any situation to their benefit shame on you media bosses

  • KanaMay - 2011-07-08 13:25

    I heard that some policemen were being paid for leaking information. Maybe the News of the World was paying for much more. Never liked the way they made their own news stories by bribing people for entrapment.

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