Mon, Nov 26, 2012 - Page 6 News List

UK’s media fear tough regulation following inquiry

UNDER THE GUN:Judge Brian Leveson said that the ‘status quo’ was not an option, but Cameron may wish to avoid angering the press as he eyes re-election

AFP, LONDON

Regardless of Leveson’s recommendations, cellphone hacking has already left deep scars on the British press.

Murdoch shut down the News of the World — which was then Britain’s highest-selling newspaper — last year as public anger at the hacking allegations grew.

Several people face charges relating to the cellphone-hacking scandal, which has spawned three criminal investigations — one into alleged bribery of public officials, another into phone hacking itself and a third into computer hacking.

Brooks and Andy Coulson, a former News of the World editor who became Cameron’s chief of communications, face charges for allegations of bribing officials and for alleged conspiracy to hack cellphones.

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