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Blair heckled at media ethics inquiry

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Blair heckled at media ethics inquiry

Former British prime minister Tony Blair’s testimony at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics was interrupted on Monday by a heckler.

At the time Blair was being questioned over his government’s relationship with Britain’s powerful newspapers – in particular those owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch.

Blair had already admitted he had avoided challenging the influential press because it would have drawn him into a potentially damaging fight, when a man burst in accusing Blair of corruption and calling him a war criminal.

Blair, who remains deeply unpopular among some for his decision to take Britain into the Iraq war, quickly denied the heckler’s allegations.

But Iraq and Blair’s subsequent accruing of a substantial fortune since leaving office continue to divide the British public.

Several senior politicians are due to testify at the investigation which was launched in the wake of a phone hacking scandal linked to the Murdoch-owned tabloid, the now defunct ‘News of the World’.