Today I talk to Carl Gardner and David Allen Green about the extraordinary events surrounding the hacking of mobile phones which led yesterday to the closure of The News of The World, a debate in parliament and the setting up of two inquiries – one judge led. We look at why Jeremy Hunt and the government may well be constrained by law on blocking the BSkyB merger, the judicial inquiries, the Coulson arrest, systemic abuse throughout the media, and the extraordinary statement attributed to Mark Stephens by Reuters last night…” If News of the World is to be liquidated, Stephens told Reuters, it “is a stroke of genius—perhaps evil genius.” which I covered in a blog post.
David Allen Green: Closing the News of the World makes no legal difference
Carl Gardner: Can the NewsCorp-BSkyB deal be stopped?
Politics Home – Statement by James Murdoch announcing closure of the News of the World.
Wall Street Journal: Tabloid to Close Amid Scandal
David Allen Green, solicitor, is the author of the Jack of Kent blog and is the legal correspondent at The New Statesman. Carl Gardner is an ex-government lawyer and is the author of the Head of Legal blog
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