Friday, July 8, 2011

Prime Minister David Cameron calls for new regulation of press


Prime Minister David Cameron & Rebekah Brooks


LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron promises a full investigation into activities at the News of the World, saying that British politicians have too long ignored the phone hacking that led to the tabloid's collapse. Cameron also said Friday that his friend Rebekah Brooks, a former editor of the newspaper, should have resigned as chief executive of News International, the British unit of Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The prime minister said a new body independent of the government and the news industry is needed to regulate news papers in place of the Press Complaints Commission, which he said has failed. Opposition Labour Party leader Ed Miliband called for Cameron to apologize for "the appalling error of judgment he made in hiring Andy Coulson." Cameron refused to apologize for hiring former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his spokesman. The News of the World's defenses against simmering questions about its activities collapsed this week after it was reported that it 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. News International, the British unit of Murdoch's News Corp., has not said whether it will move quickly to put another paper into the Sunday market which had been dominated for decades by News of the World. Shares in News Corp. rose 1.6 percent on the Nasdaq index in New York after Thursday's announcement. - Associated Press