There is growing outrage in the UK over claims that tabloid journalists hacked into the voicemail messages of the innocent victims of serious crime.
The allegations are the most serious yet involving Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World.
It has gone right to the top. Parliament’s schedule has been cleared for an emergency debate and David Cameron promised an inquiry.
“It seems to me there are two vital issues we need to look at. The first is into the original police inquiry and why that didn’t get to the bottom of what happened. And the second is about the behaviour of individual people and individual media organisations. And a wider look into media policies and ethics in this country.”
Relatives of the victims of the 2005 London bombings are among those believed to have been targeted. “These people need to face up to their responsibilities and, not just me, but the Milly Dowler family and the Soham girls’ families. The people at the top need to come face-to-face with these people to see for themselves what impact they had on our lives.” said Graham Foulkes, the father of one of the victims.
Police have contacted the parents of the Soham girls, murdered in 2002. It is also claimed that messages were deleted from Milly Dowler’s phone, giving her family false hope that she was still alive.