David Cameron is scary
The revolver sheet is at the end: The last issue of the News of the World appear. The image damage for the tabloid and the publishing house was apparently too great, the bugging affair over overheard telephone calls threatened to endanger other projects of the Australian media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
On a political level, the scandal is still alive - on Friday it forced the British Prime Minister to hold a press conference. David Cameron announced that the UK press watch would be reorganized. At the same time, the head of government admitted serious mistakes in dealing with the affair.
The scandal is not just about a single newspaper and a journalist, but also about the police and politics, said Cameron in London. "We're all involved - the press, the politicians, the heads of all parties, myself included." The party leaders were so eager to be in the favor of the newspapers that they knowingly ignored the way some papers had been worked on.
Journalists of the News of the World With the help of private detectives, they are said to have tapped the phones of celebrities and politicians, but also of victims of terrorism and the bereaved of soldiers for years. On Thursday, the head of Murdoch publishing house News International, James Murdoch, announced that it would be closing the tabloid.
Cameron's former press officer arrested
Politicians will be preoccupied with the way they work. Cameron announced several committees of inquiry. As soon as possible he would set up an independent commission to make proposals on how the British press landscape could be regulated in the future. That is very difficult because the freedom of the press should not be restricted. "But freedom of the press does not mean that it is above the law." The allegation against the police of having accepted bribes will also be investigated.
Cameron also commented on the decision, the previous one following his 2010 election victory News of the World- Having appointed editor-in-chief Andy Coulson as his chief communications officer. Coulson headed the editorial team from 2003 to 2007. After more and more details about the controversial methods became public, he had resigned as Cameron's advisor.
Meanwhile, Coulson has been arrested on suspicion of bribery and wiretapping. On Friday evening, however, he left a London police station again. However, he did not answer questions from reporters who had gathered in front of the building. There is "an awful lot" to say, said Coulson. But he was advised to be silent. It remains unclear whether charges have been brought against him.
The British prime minister regretted hiring Coulson on Friday. That was a mistake, said Cameron. He takes full responsibility for it. The leader of the opposition Labor Party, Ed Milliband, had previously demanded an "apology" from Cameron. Milliband had admitted, however, that his party was not free from mistakes in dealing with the media.
In connection with the wiretapping scandal, in addition to Coulson, the former head of department for the royal family was arrested. Clive Goodman is suspected of bribing police officers, according to information from the British news agency PA. Goodman was serving a prison sentence in 2007 for eavesdropping on royal advisors.
Goodman now works for the tabloid Daily Star, which is why their editorial offices were searched on Friday. The police are said to have mainly looked for emails.
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