PLAID: INVESTIGATIONS MUST STILL CONTINUE OVER HACKING AND BSKYB

FREEDOM OF THE PRESS IS VITAL BUT ABUSE MUST BE PREVENTED

Responding to reports from News International that News of the World will close, Plaid Cymru MP Jonathan Edwards has insisted that an investigation into the use of phone hacking must be continued and that the company should not take over BSkyB until the issue has been investigated by the Competitions Commission.

During an investigation into News of the World phone hacking accusations in 2009, Mr Edwards predecessor, Adam Price, exposed stories published by the paper which could only have been researched through hacking into phones of the royal family.

Mr Edwards said:

“Everybody is shocked and disgusted by the widespread use of phonehacking by journalists at News of the World.

“The closure of the News of the World cannot be allowed to mask the issues which have been raised and these investigations must be continued.

“There are huge question marks which must be raised about the activities, including payments to police officers and the behaviour of journalists.

“While this is underway, we cannot support the sale of BSkyB to News International – especially in the way that this has been handled by the Con-Dem Government, and with David Cameron’s links in employing ex-News International staff such as Andy Coulson and his friendship with other high ranking officials in the company.

“The real question must be the behaviour of those high-ranking officials. Did they know what was going on? If they did, they are responsible. If not, then they cannot be responsible.

“We are all very concerned by the actions of some journalists, but at the same time we cannot have a knee-jerk reaction which limits the real freedoms of the press.

“I just hope that in future the media turn their targets on exposing corruption and the genuine public interest, not celebrity tittle-tattle and prying into the private affairs of ordinary people.”

ENDS

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