Newspapers in the UK have been accessing people’s voicemails illegally and paying police officers for information.
Staff at Rupert Murdochs “News International” are under investigation, including chief executive Rebekah Brooks, by the police force whose officers have been bribed by News International employees.
News International is on the verge of expanding further with the permission of the UK government.
A previous police investigation witheld the extent of the phone hacking despite having evidence that many people had their communications illegally intercepted.
Geoffrey Robertson QC made it clear on the BBC news channel (July 6 2011) that a public inquiry does not have to wait for a police inquiry to finish. MPs like Keith Vaz are lining up to support Prime Minister David Cameron who is stalling a public inquiry in favour of another police inquiry.
The previous police inquiry into newspapers’ phone hacking buried evidence of the extent of the scandal.
The so-called mother of parliaments has again been shown to be corrupt and unwilling to maintain the public interest in the face of pressure from a media conglomerate.
In the UK parliament (July 6 2011) David Cameron said that a police inquiry was underway and that they would be given all the powers that they need. Going by past experience, the powers that they need would be the ability to minimise implicating themselves in charges of corruption whilst hiding evidence that similarly incriminates friends of the Prime Minister.
Geoffrey Robertson QC (via BBC news channel July6 2011) said that the Press Complaints Commission is “a confidence trick that no longer inspires confidence” and pointed out that newspaper editors sit on the PCC. He suggested having a press ombudsman to oversee ethics.