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July 15, 2011 / hackinginquiry

Statement on Rebekah Brooks’ resignation

“The Hacked Off Campaign’s main focus is on getting an inquiry with the right scope, powers and timescale to get to the truth, but all the victims we have spoken to have told us that they cannot see how Rebekah Brooks could remain in her job given what has so far been revealed.

“The key issue is not however whether Rebekah Brooks is in work, but whether she lied to Parliament, told the full truth to the Police or was engaged in a massive cover up. That is what the victims want to know.”



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  1. Michael A'Bear / Jul 15 2011 4:57 pm

    I am relieved that Ms Brooks has had the sense to resign, but I wonder how long it will be before she is appointed to another post in the Murky Murdoch empire.
    It is clear that the only thing that interests the Murdochs is money. Morals and ethics do not sseem to matter to them. As I recall, The Murdochs paid £100,000 each to the celebs who had been hacked. We need to put pressure on them to pay the same amount to others who have been hacked – those who have lost sons and daughters certainly deserve payments, and if there are indeed 3,800 of them, the Murky Murdochs will need to find a trifling sum of £38,000,000. It would not break them, but would certainly hurt such money grabbing people, affect their share price substantially, and give money to very deserving causes. Why should celebs be treated differently to the general public in such matters?

    • Nigel Stengard-Green / Jul 18 2011 11:49 am

      I think Max Clifford received £1m. And I agree all victims should be treated equal, so perhaps £3,800,000,000 is the contingency fund that Messrs Murdock and Murdock should be considering?

  2. Nigel Stengard-Green / Jul 17 2011 12:03 pm

    And what about the obvious abject failure of the UK security services? Surely it is very possible that not only were NOTW journalists interested in the voicemails, bank accounts and medical records of figures in government (or the police etc.) but presumably both ‘friendly’ and unfriendly governments would also be interested as would terrorists. So why were potential targets not warned or protected from such attack? This whole sorry business demonstrates an abject failure at every level! If spending cuts are needed looks like there are some very obvious targets.

  3. Nigel Stengard-Green / Jul 18 2011 11:44 am

    If it is true that John Yates was tasked by the Met – presumably by Sir Paul Stephenson – with vetting Neil Wallis before the contract was awarded to him why did he not decline the task given he and Mr Wallis were old friends? This gives off an even stronger stench of corruption and illustrates the need for the inquiry to have strong and effective powers and be able to move rapidly as there must be the fear that some members of the police – and Parliament – may well have as much interest in evidence of wrong doing being ‘lost’ as those at News Corp.

  4. sthorntontaylor / Jul 20 2011 3:37 pm

    Of course we here in the US are avidly watching this unfold, especially since there is no “bright line” between the UK and the US with regard to journalistic conduct and political ties, as author Sarah Ellison pointed out on Democracy Now! today. Ellison used to work at the Wall Street Journal. Here’s a link to DN! coverage:

  5. John Shadbolt / Jul 29 2011 7:37 am

    “The key issue is ..whether Rebekah Brooks .. told the full truth to the Police or was engaged in a massive cover up”

    I don’t think she needed to know exactly how her journalists got their story, as a chief exec she would be interested in how much their output could be sold for versus how big their expense accounts were. I doubt if any chief exec would volunteer information to the police that would negatively affect the brand value or share price. She will also wish to protect her friends.

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