Hacking into celebrity phones was just the sleazy tip of the iceberg.
Britain’s media ethics inquiry, set up in response to illegal eavesdropping by a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid, has turned out to be a masterclass in skullduggery that has exposed the murky practices of the country’s muckraking press.
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This week, witnesses described how Murdoch’s company had destroyed their lives and that of their families, with reporters targeting critics for spying and negative coverage, and sullying the name of an innocent man.
“We have a press that has just become frankly putrid in many of its elements,” Alastair Campbell, former tabloid journalist and longtime communications aide to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, told the tribunal this week.
Few would disagree after listening to the nationally televised testimony describing the excesses of a callous, sometimes criminal, press.
Read More at Official Wire By Jill Lawless, Official Wire