Sun setting on the Murdoch empire – Jo

Jo Swinson MP has welcomed the withdrawal of NewsCorp’s bid to buy the remaining shares in BSkyB.

Following recent revelations in the phone hacking scandal, Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp has withdrawn its bid to buy up remaining shares in BSkyB. A full inquiry has now been announced with the remit to look at specific claims about the News of the World, and the ethics of the British media more generally.

Commenting, Jo Swinson said:

“I have been appalled at the revelations of News International’s criminal and unethical behaviour over the past weeks. This is a victory for the British public, who have put pressure on the Government to recognise the dangers of the Murdoch empire’s growing influence in Britain.

“As I have stated to the Prime Minister, sanctions must be imposed on any media outlet who acts in such an irresponsible way. Those who have broken the law must be brought to justice. It is essential that the inquiry also goes further than the issues of criminality, and investigates how we can raise ethical standards and create a truly independent system of regulation, while protecting a free and open press which can rightly hold people to account.”

The full text of Jo Swinson’s question to the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt can be viewed here and to the Prime Minister David Cameron here.

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