Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Watson: Sun Has Questions to Answer Over Phone Hacking

Labour MP Tom Watson claimed at the Labour conference that the Sun newspaper was involved in phone hacking, noting that the illegal practice had gone “far beyond News of the World”. The MP, who sits on the Home Affairs select committee, made the allegations during an emergency motion debate which called for Rupert Murdoch to stand down as chairman of BSkyB. Watson warned Labour activists that phone hacking scandal at the News of the World could be the tip of the iceberg. He accused Dominic Mohan, the current editor of the Sun, of “joking about lax security at Vodaphone when he attended celebrity parties.” Watson went on to call on Murdock to step down, describing him as “not a fit and proper person to chair a major broadcaster”.

In addition, Watson praised Ed Miliband’s leadership during the phone hacking scandal, and called for tougher media laws and a register which could see misbehaving journalists barred from the profession.

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