Wednesday, 6 July 2011

Join the call for a public inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking scandal

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Before the revelations surrounding the hacking of the voicemails of teenage murder victim Milly Dowler broke on Monday, our editor, Caspar Melville, joined the list of names throwing their weight behind a campaign calling for a full public inquiry into the News of the World phone hacking scandal. The campaign – Hacked Off – was already planned for launch today, but with shocking revelations emerging on a daily basis, it has come at a time when the scandal is at the very top of the national news agenda.

As the Hacked Off website explains, it is only through a public inquiry can we hope get close to the full facts about what has occurred within News International with respect to illegal phone hacking:
"News International has been slow to acknowledge the extent of the wrongdoing. It has made limited admissions and is trying to buy off of civil claims. Most other news organizations have kept their reporting of the scandal to a minimum. And public concern has been heightened by the response to these activities from the Press Complaints Commission, the Metropolitan Police and by politicians and Government.
A police investigation and civil proceedings are under way, but they are narrowly focused. Even if there are prosecutions, they will concern themselves only with specific cases and individuals. Without an inquiry most of the evidence will stay secret and the wider story of illegal information-gathering and the official response to it will never be told."
For a campaign that officially launched just this morning, Hacked Off has already proven extraordinarily successful, with David Cameron announcing in today's PMQs that there will be a full public inquiry. Even so, adding your name to the Hacked Off petition is still an important way of voicing your outrage at the phone hacking scandal and keeping up the public pressure on the government, the police and News International to ensure that the scandal is fully investigated and addressed.

Add your name and browse the list of public figures who have added theirs on the Hacked Off website.
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