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UK Scraps Plans for New Inquiry into Media Wrongdoing

(VOA): The British government has scrapped plans for an inquiry into alleged media law-breaking and relations between journalists and the police.

 

Britain held a year-long, judge-led inquiry into press “culture and practices” after the 2011 revelation that employees of the now-defunct News of the World tabloid had hacked the mobile-phone voicemails of celebrities, politicians and crime victims.

 

At the time the government said there would be a second phase, looking at “unlawful or improper conduct” within media organizations and their relations with the police.

 

But successive Conservative-led governments delayed acting on the promise. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock said Thursday that reopening the “costly and time-consuming” inquiry was not the right thing to do.

 

Labour Party culture spokesman Tom Watson called the decision “a bitter blow to the victims of press intrusion.”

 

 

(This story has not been edited by N24 staff and is Voice Of America auto-generated from a RSS feed)

Published Date: Friday, March 2nd, 2018 | 12:45 PM

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