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Phone-hacking scandal

Australia PM signals changes to media reforms after outrage

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. Photo: EPA

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on Monday opened the way for “sensible” changes to proposed press reforms, after outraged media proprietors attacked them as “draconian” and “bad law”.

Monday, 18 March, 2013, 2:50pm

Briefs, February 2, 2013

Anti-Mursi protesters rally in central Cairo. Photo: Xinhua

A Chinese-owned company's lawsuit over an Oregon wind-farm transaction that was blocked by the US government was dismissed by a judge in Washington who said he lacks the authority to hear the case.

2 Feb 2013 - 4:01am

Leveson: regulate bloggers and Twitter users as well as newspapers

Judge Brian Leveson. Photo: AFP

The man who led the inquiry into Britain's phone-hacking scandal warned that bloggers and tweeters should be subject to the same laws as traditional media outlets, to prevent a decline in standards of journalism.

14 Dec 2012 - 5:02am

News International taps Mike Darcey as CEO after Tom Mockridge resigns

Rupert Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper unit, reeling from a phone-hacking scandal, named its third chief executive officer in less than 18 months yesterday as the parent company prepares to separate into two.

4 Dec 2012 - 5:55am

Leveson's proposal raises issues of press freedom and responsibility

Leveson called for legislation to underpin a new regulator for Britain's "outrageous" newspapers.

The phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid in London made headlines around the globe. Now, Lord Justice Leveson's proposal for an independent media regulator, backed by new laws, has ramifications for freedom of speech and information that also go well beyond Britain's borders.

1 Dec 2012 - 2:41am 1 comment

Phone-hacking victims feel betrayed by David Cameron

Mark Lewis

Victims of phone-hacking and press intrusion said they felt "betrayed" by British Prime Minister David Cameron after he warned against legislation to underpin regulation of newspapers.

The Hacked Off campaign had welcomed Leveson's proposal. But its leader, Brian Cathcart, said Christopher Jefferies, an innocent murder suspect who gave evidence at the inquiry, "feels betrayed".

1 Dec 2012 - 3:57am

British papers shun Leveson report's call for media watchdog law

Protesters depicting Rupert Murdoch and David Cameron at a mock burning of the Leveson Report into the British media. Photo: AFP

Britain's newspapers have praised Lord Justice Leveson's report into media ethics but warn its recommendation to introduce new laws could "suffocate the free press".

Leveson, who led an eight-month inquiry sparked by the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, said there should be an independent self-regulatory body, underpinned by legislation.

1 Dec 2012 - 3:47am

Inquiry demands new UK press law

Unveiling the inquiry's report, Lord Justice Leveson said the press had 'wreaked havoc with the lives of innocent people'. Photo: AFP

A major inquiry called yesterday for new laws to underpin a tougher watchdog for Britain's "outrageous" newspapers in a verdict that sets up Prime Minister David Cameron for a bruising political battle.

30 Nov 2012 - 4:29am