UK Report Blasts Murdoch, Press for Wreaking 'Havoc'
Leveson report being watched with keen interest domestically
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Nov 29, 2012 8:56 AM CST
A campaigner wearing a giant mask depicting Rupert Murdoch pantomimes burning the Leveson report while another wearing a mask depicting David Cameron, sits tied to a chair during a protest, Nov. 29, 2012.   (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

(Newser) – Lord Justice Brian Leveson's long-awaited report on the various scandals surrounding News of the World and other British tabloids finally hit today, and it absolutely savages Rupert Murdoch's newspapers and the British press in general. The press, Leveson writes, has "wreaked havoc in the lives of innocent people" for decades, and forged a "damaging" relationship with politicians, the BBC reports. At News of the World in particular, there was "a general lack of respect of individual privacy and dignity."

Leveson is calling for the press to create a new self-regulatory body, saying that the Press Complaints Commission "failed" and that enforcing current press laws wouldn't do the job, the Telegraph reports. "Putting a policeman in every newsroom is no sort of answer," Leveson said. The report's impact could extend beyond Britain: Lawmakers here will pore over the report for indications that News Corp. broke US laws, NBC reports.

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RAD45
Nov 30, 2012 7:26 AM CST
I am SHOCKED, STUNNED, that such a pristine organation like Rupert Murdoch's media empire could be involved in such slimy goings-on in England.. after all, he's "fair and balanced" here in America despite FOX's role as a mouthpiece for the GOP, Tea Party and other similiar organizations and personages. After all, Murdoch was given entre to the U.S. so he could purchase The Wall Street Journal and other august American news sources... and the thought Murdoch and Minions could possibly be perverting them to achieve some sort of political end is just... unbelievable. America has its own home-grown wingnuts, i,e, Limbaugh, Coulter, Gingrich, Palin, Bachman, et al.; so its not that we need Aussie wing-nuts to help. And if you think I'm serious? Haaaaaahahahahaha. NOT! Murdoch's Empire was suspect and waning in Austraila, so the folks that helped him build, maintain and expand his American News Empire are equally suspect!
loyalamerican
Nov 29, 2012 8:39 PM CST
"Aussie gets rich publishing lies".
Twiny
Nov 29, 2012 11:33 AM CST
There is a difference between Freedom of the Press and freedom to make up and \ or twist stories to fit your political ideology. Murdoch has and routinely still does bank on made up and twisted stories to peddle his agenda and sell papers and ad time. Fox News is banned in Canada because Canada has a law that "a licenser may not broadcast....any false or misleading news." This also means Rush and Glenn are forbidden to broadcast there. What a pity that the US doesn't have such a sensible law.