UK phone hacking scandal fallout spreads

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The phone hacking scandal in the UK is spreading.

Police have arrested Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World, the paper at the heart of the row that is now being shut down.

Coulson went on to become David Cameron’s spokesman.

The British prime minister addressed that issue today – and called for new press regulations.

“I believe we need a new system entirely,” he said. “It will be for the inquiry to recommend what the system should look like. But my starting presumption is that it should be truly independent – independent of the press so that the public will know that newspapers will never again be solely responsible for policing themselves, but vitally independent of government so the public will know that politicians are not trying to control or muzzle a press that must be free to hold politicians to account.”

The News of the World is owned by Rupert Murdoch. The hacking scandal has increased public opposition to his efforts to expand his empire in the UK.

But police have also been searching another tabloid paper’s offices today.

And they have re-arrested a former royal correspondant from the News of the World.

The paper’s last edition may be this Sunday. But it looks like it will be making headlines for some time to come.