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As it happened: MPs publish phone hacking report

Cross-party Commons Media Committee revealed devastating findings into revelations that led to the closure of the News of the World

  • I suspect if @tom_watson were PM, this report might actually lead to some concrete action. But he isn't, so it won't. #murdoch
  • Love @tom_watson to bits, but surely it is for Ofcom to rule on the "fit and proper test" and not the DCMS select committee?
  • We're live blogging the pretty damning CMS report on hacking here: - have a look. #Hacking
  • .@theresecoffey says Murdoch should read the report from start to finish. But says she can't vote for it. Eh?
  • PA: Martin Moore, from Hacked Off, which lobbies for press reform, said the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee's conclusions are "devastating" to the reputation of the media giant and the Murdoch family.
    He went on: "The Select Committee is effectively saying that the most senior figures at News International, either knowingly or by a culpable failure to act properly, covered up illegal activities and sustained intrusion into the private lives of hundreds and hundreds of people.
    "These findings cannot help but raise serious questions about the fitness of News Corp to hold a broadcasting licence.
    5/1/2012 11:00:19 AM
  • RT @JohnRentoul: "In the words of Bob Dylan ..." Tom Watson jumps the shark #hacking
  • Whittingdale says as chair he did not vote but observes he is Conservative MP #hacking
  • PA: More from Martin Moore, from Hacked Off, which lobbies for press reform: "If we didn't have the Leveson Inquiry we would certainly need it now. It remains the task of the inquiry to establish how much further wrongdoing went in this company, who else colluded in the cover-up, both inside and outside the company, and whether these activities went further than News International."
    5/1/2012 11:01:56 AM
  • So basically Cameron was right yesterday. The Tories and the Murdochs are like two peas in a pod. Of course Tory MPs vote to protect NI
  • MPs unable to conclude if James Murdoch read e-mail that suggested hacking was "rife" at News of the World
    5/1/2012 11:03:24 AM
  • A copy of a report on News International and phone hacking by Britain's Department of Culture, Media and Sport.

    Rupert Murdoch and his son James are in the firing line today as a British parliamentary committee issues its verdict on a phone-hacking scandal that has convulsed the family media empire and undermined the British government.

    Picture credit: Reuters

    5/1/2012 11:03:35 AM
  • RT @HackneyAbbott: Tories on DCMS cttee abandoning any pretence of being neutral re. Murdoch. Trying to protect Cameron. Nakedly partisa ...
  • The Culture Media and Sport committee is being torn apart by a hurricane #dylanhacking
  • Will James and Rupert Murdoch be "dragged to the Parliamentary cells?" asks an ITN reporter. Picture credit: Reuters

    5/1/2012 11:06:04 AM
  • Surrey Police also get criticised for sitting on information they had about the News of the World for 10 years. #hacking
  • PA: News Corporation "carefully reviewing" the report and would "respond shortly". It added: "The company fully acknowledges significant wrongdoing at News of the World and apologises to everyone whose privacy was invaded."
    5/1/2012 11:07:56 AM
  • Great Q from @lucymanning - will people be thrown in the Parliamentary cell? Sadly I think it is closed.
  • Could this report be coalition-splitting? Can see LibDems and Labour voting for it, Tories against.
  • RT @JackofKent: Perfectly fine for DCMS select committee to take a view on "fit and proper" as actually set out in report. Not usurping ...
  • Rebekah Wade in the Water #dylanhacking
  • PA: Labour committee member Tom Watson, who was at the forefront of efforts to expose the extent of phone hacking, said the process was far from over and called for a series of fresh inquiries into further aspects of the case.
    He had "reason to believe" that the Serious and Organised Crime Agency (Soca) possessed seized hard drives that included details of people who had been victims of computer hacking and was failing to inform victims.
    5/1/2012 11:10:22 AM
  • PA: Labour committee member Tom Watson: "These people corrupted our country. They brought shame on our police force and our Parliament. They lied, they cheated, blackmailed and bullied and we should all be ashamed when we think how we cowered before them for too long."
    5/1/2012 11:11:09 AM
  • Surrey Police have been criticised for sitting on information about phone hacking with regard to the Milly Dowler case (the Dowler family pictured). Picture credit: Getty

    5/1/2012 11:12:01 AM
  • "The ladder of law has no top and no bottom." @tom_watson quotes Dylan. What does it even mean? #dylanhacking
  • Philip Davies with a vigorous defence of Rupert Murdoch - 'we all make mistakes'.
  • Photo dated 09/07/11 of News of the World staff in the newsroom in Wapping, east London, as they work on the title's final edition. Picture credit: PA

    5/1/2012 11:15:41 AM
  • RT @JohnRentoul: Credit to colleagues @janemerrick23, @MattChorley & Brian Brady for reporting discrep in Jeremy Hunt's words in Commons
  • PA: Tory committee member Louise Mensch blamed Labour committee members for the inability to reach unanimous agreement on the "partisan" report, criticising the decision to question Rupert Murdoch's fitness to run an international news company.
    5/1/2012 11:16:49 AM
  • PA: Conservative committee member Philip Davies said the report's description of Mr Murdoch as not a fit person to run a major corporation was passed on a majority of just six votes to four, and he accused Labour members of the committee of "getting carried away".
    "Many people may conclude that some people's conclusions were written before any of the evidence was ever heard, and I think that is very sad," said Mr Davies. "To me, very clearly, Rupert Murdoch is a fit and proper person to run a major company."
    5/1/2012 11:19:13 AM
  • fair point from @andybell5news. fact that the committee is split down party lines is a serious blow to its credibility #hacking
  • James Cusick of @independent asks crucial question: did anyone from NewsCorp try to contact committee members? Fred Michel? #hacking
  • James Cusick of the Independent asks whether anyone from News International attempting to influence the outcome of the report.
  • "What do the voters really want? Tony Blair" Robert Colvile sees the light
  • Whiitingdale reveals in answer to Cusick that he has spoken to Fred Michel. Prolific lobbyist, that Michel chap, wasn't he? #hacking
  • .@Ayshe_Veli @sunny_hundal No one should be saying "lying".
    PA: Tory member of the committee, Damian Collins, said "fit and proper person" was a specific legal test applied by regulator Ofcom and not something the committee could rule on.
    Committee chair John Whittingdale said he did not vote on any of the amendments in the report, but hinted at his opinion on whether it should have branded Mr Murdoch unfit, saying: "I would merely observe that as well as being the chairman of the committee, I am a Conservative MP."
    He said it would be for the House of Commons to decide what sanctions should be applied against anyone found to have misled the committee, if it agreed to debate the issue in the chamber, as the report recommends.
    5/1/2012 11:26:30 AM
  • *** SHOCK: Daily Mail journalist (Andy Groves) says it all looks like a SHAMBLES!. ***
  • A combination of file pictures shows News Corp Chief Rupert Murdoch, Former editor of the News of the World newspaper Colin Myler (C top), former News of the World legal manager Tom Crone (C bottom) and former News International chairman and chief executive James Murdoch (R top).

    Rupert Murdoch showed "wilful blindness" over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and is unfit to run a major international company, British lawmakers said in a long-awaited report on May 1, 2012.

    The report singled out Hinton, Crone and Myler as having misled the committee and stated that James Murdoch should also be prepared to take responsibility for the company's failure to investigate wrongdoing at the News of the World. Picture credit: Getty

    5/1/2012 11:27:04 AM
  • .@SueEvison @tom_watson So they are on a ladder floating in the air, and we are all on it together?
  • Seems like the fit and proper line was where the split was - Watson wouldn't withdraw the amendment says Mensch.
  • RT @bbcnickrobinson: So Labour set Commons trap for Tories. Vote for Murdoch to be fit & proper to run BSKYB or anti him. Govt will ...
  • you can read @_johnhall's excellent live reporting for @independent here:
  • Opposition Labour member of parliament Tom Watson speaks during the launch of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee report entitled "News International and Phone-Hacking" at a press conference in London on May 1, 2012. The British parliamentary report said that News Corp chief Rupert Murdoch had showed "wilful blindness" over phone hacking at his News of the World tabloid and was not fit to run a major company. Picture credit: Getty

    5/1/2012 11:32:11 AM
  • PA: The committee said that despite the professed willingness of News International to assist its inquiries, it had failed to release documents which would have helped expose the truth. It said the company "repeatedly made misleading and exaggerated claims" regarding the investigations it "purportedly" commissioned following the arrests of Mr Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
    5/1/2012 11:32:34 AM
  • PA: Committee said: "The willingness of News International to sanction huge settlements and damaging wide-ranging admissions to settle civil claims over phone hacking before they reach trial reinforces the conclusion of our 2010 report that the organisation has, above all, wished to buy silence in this affair and to pay to make the problem go away."
    5/1/2012 11:33:48 AM
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