Friday 8 July 2011

Hacked Off not hacked off with the Prime Minister

The Hacked Off campaign, which is calling for a full public inquiry into phone hacking and other illegal methods of intrusion, has welcomed the Prime Minister’s statement this morning.

David Cameron promised inquiries into media standards, which will focus on the culture, practices, and ethics of the press, and a judge-led inquiry into the "illegal and utterly unacceptable practices taking place at the News of the World – and possibly elsewhere".

However, Hacked Off said it is concerned about the relationship between the inquiries, the speed with which a full inquiry will be conducted, and the potential gaps between them and the ongoing police investigation.

It said: "There is still a risk that fundamental questions about the affair – as to whose phones were hacked, who authorised it, how long it went on, which newspapers did it, and the relationship between the press, the police and politicians – may never be answered".

Martin Moore, director of the Media Standards Trust which is coordinating the Hacked Off campaign, said: "The PM’s commitments are a great step forward but still leave plenty of wiggle room, particularly on the extent of the full inquiry. Hacked Off will continue to focus on getting the right inquiries, on the right terms, in the right time frame."

  • Source: Hacked Off press release - 100% pure churnalism.

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