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Cameron Calls For More Regulation Of Press

From a weirdlycheering Associated Press:

Ex-Cameron aide arrested in UK hacking scandal

July 8, 2011

LONDON (AP) — London police on Friday arrested Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor who also served as the prime minister’s former communications chief, in relation to Britain’s tabloid phone-hacking scandal.

London police said a 43-year-old man was arrested Friday morning over allegations of phone hacking and police bribery and was in custody at a London police station. They did not name him but offered the information when asked about Coulson.

The Murdoch media empire on Thursday shut down the 168-year-old muckraking tabloid.

And we know how the AP and the rest of the US news media hate muckraking. At least when it doesn’t involve Republicans.

The paper has been engulfed by allegations its journalists paid police for information and hacked into the phone messages of celebrities, young murder victims and the grieving families of dead soldiers.

It comes just as media baron Rupert Murdoch is seeking U.K. government clearance for a euro12 billion ($19 billion) bid for full control of British Sky Broadcasting, a prize far more valuable than his British stable of newspapers.

Would it be wrong to question the timing of these scandalous revelations?

Earlier Friday, Prime Minister David Cameron admitted that British politicians and the press had become too cozy and promised to hold two full investigations into activities at the News of the World tabloid and into future media regulation.

Cameron said press self-regulation had failed and a new body, independent of the media and the government, was needed to properly enforce standards.

"The truth is, we’ve all been in this together," Cameron said at a news conference a day after the announcement that the News of the World was closing down. "Party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers that we turned a blind eye to the need to sort this issue. The people in power knew things weren’t right but they didn’t do enough quickly enough."

We fully realize that Great Britain does not have a Constitution with a Bill Of Rights protecting the freedom of the press. But you would think the AP and the rest of the news media would be up in arms at the suggestion that the British government intends to further regulate the media.

But bringing down Mr. Murdoch is probably more important to them than any other minor concerns.

Cameron said his friend Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the tabloid, should have resigned as chief executive of News International, the British unit of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.. He also said there were questions to be answered by James Murdoch, the heir-apparent to his father’s media empire…

The scandal exploded this week after it was reported that the News of the World had hacked the mobile phone of 13-year-old murder victim Milly Dowler in 2002 while her family and police were desperately searching for her. News of the World operatives reportedly deleted some messages from the phone’s voicemail, giving the girl’s parents false hope that she was still alive

Of course if this had been a case of the New York Times hacking a cell phone for national security secrets, or the AP hacking a phone for Sarah Palin voice mails, everyone would be talking about Pulitzers instead of jail time.

But the real goal in all of this is to bring down the evil Rupert Murdoch. After all, Media Matters can only do so much.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 8th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Cameron Calls For More Regulation Of Press”

  1. Right of the People says:

    They’re just afraid there might be a Fox News UK that would, gasp, tell the truth.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    How come no one is asking WHY it’s so easy to hack these devices? Personally I’d be having a long talk with the manufacturers and telecomms.

  3. Petronius says:

    This story is apt to get worse before it gets better.

    NOTW is a subsidiary of Rupert Murdoch’s media giant News Corp. News Corp’s other UK affiliates include The Times and The Sun, plus a sizable chunk of British Sky. News Corp’s media outlets in America include Fox, The Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, Barron’s, MarketWatch, the New York Post, and HarperCollins. It is the dominant media player in Australia.

    The left would like nothing better than to wreck havoc on the entire company worldwide — but especially on Fox.

    Advertisers have been dropping their support, and leftist politicians and celebrities have called for boycotts of News Corp’s UK affiliates including The Times and The Sun.

    The liberal Guardian — a UK competitor — is banging the drum hard, calling for criminal prosecutions against James Murdoch and the News Corp. both in the UK and here in the US. The Guardian’s report urges prosecution by DOJ-SEC under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, practically saving Tigellinus-Holder the bother of writing the complaint himself :


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