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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent piece of reportage, 31 Mar. 2013
This review is from: Dial M for Murdoch: News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain (Paperback)
The week I bought and read this book started with the three main political parties agreeing a framework for future regulation of the press, with much indignation coming from, of course, the press and in particular the Murdoch press. On the Wednesday the two main stories were the budget and the fact that the Deputy Editor of The Sun had been charged with corruption offences. And on the Thursday The Sun led with a headline stating the budget had been approved by 'the ministry for information'. The irony that The Sun and it's owner were criticsing the government for bringing in tighter press regulation could not be lost. And if you want a full understanding of what led to this state of affairs then I suggest you read this excellent book.

The book reads like a thriller I found myself wanting to read it at every opportunity. It shows just how far corruption within News Corp had gone. You are probably familiar with most of the events in this book, but having them all together in one volume like this really does shock. We now know how low they were prepared to go but the piece where Lesley Ash points out she is not Lesley Chapman really does bring it home. The police, the government and the PCC were all afraid of Murdoch and his bullies in the newsrooms. It took a few brave journalists and politicians to stand up to them and finally bring them to book. What is truly shocking is how the police were prepared to ignore the evidence of the level of hacking that was going on that was right there in front of them. No wonder there are so many miscarriages of justice in this country.

If, like me, you believe Murdoch has been a bad influence in this country read this book it will confirm your worst fears. If, on the other hand, you are undecided, again I suggest you read this book it will open your eyes. Lastly if you believe that the proposed regulation of the press is a step too far, read this book. Many argue that laws were broken and that those laws that are already in place are dealing with the wrong doings at News Corp. But what this book brings home is the fact that those who have been given the job of protecting us failed miserably and only took action when they were put in a position where inaction was no longer an option. If you believe that this new regulation is only to protect the rich and famous then at the back of the book is a list of names found in Glenn Mulcaires notes, and yes most of them are famous, but there is a section where the authors do not know who they are or why they are there.
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