Thursday, 24 April 2014

Press victims demand Rupert Murdoch ‘regret’ for rejecting regulation

The victim of press intrusion on 22nd April had sent a letter to Rupert Murdoch, demanding their deep regret that his UK newspapers are rejecting "meaningful reform" of industry regulation. 
 In a letter to Murdoch, and the rest of the company's board, they accused the Sun, Times and Sunday Times publisher of attempting to "preserve the failed [press regulation] arrangements of the past".

also accused News UK of "leading a disreputable campaign of scaremongering" about the government-backed proposals for a new press self-regulator underpinned by royal charter, while failing to reflect the views of the majority of the British public, who they claimed back this system.
News UK, along with most other newspaper and magazine publishers, is backing a rival self-regulator, the Independent Press Standards Organisation, which is expected to be up and running by June. However, the royal charter-backed alternative system endorsed by the three main political parties only exists on paper.
The letter was sent to the News Corp board in New York by Jefferies, the man wrongly linked to the murder of Joanna Yeates who won libel damages from eight papers, on behalf of 20 signatories, with the backing of Hacked Off, the group campaigning on behalf of victims of press intrusion for stricter industry regulation.
Other signatories include Kate and Gerry McCann, Grant, Steve Coogan and former Formula One governing body president Max Mosley.
The letter has also been sent to a number of US politicians.


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