Feeds

Cameron backs public inquiry into NotW hacking claims

'It is absolutely disgusting, what has taken place'

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Prime Minister David Cameron has today backed calls for public inquiries into the "absolutely disgusting" phone hacking allegations against The News of the World.

Speaking in Westminster at his weekly PMQs, Cameron said he wanted inquiries not only into those claims against the News Corp-owned newspaper, but also to look at the original police investigation as well as consider broader journalistic methods employed by newspapers.

"We do need to have an inquiry, possibly inquiries, into what has happened," said Cameron.

"We are no longer talking here about politicians and celebrities, we are talking about murder victims, potentially terrorist victims, having their phones hacked into. It is absolutely disgusting, what has taken place, and I think everyone in this House and indeed this country will be revolted by what they have heard and what they have seen on their television screens."

However, he declined to back Labour leader Ed Milliband's call for the resignation of News International's CEO Rebekah Brooks, who edited the Sunday tabloid in 2002, when it is said that the phones of bereaved families were hacked.

The PM also batted away suggestions that News Corp's bid to buy BSkyB should be deferred to the Competition Commission.

Earlier today, Ofcom boss Ed Richards told The Register and other reporters that any recommendation to block Murdoch's bid to buy BSkyB could not be put forward until facts in the case are established.

"We will consider our position only once the police investigation is complete ... then we’ll look at it, if we need to," said the chief communications watchdog. ®

Boost IT visibility and business value

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Scale data protection with your virtual environment
To scale at the rate of virtualization growth, data protection solutions need to adopt new capabilities and simplify current features.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?