Ex-editor and David Cameron’s Head of Communications found guilty of Phone Hacking. Partner Brooks cleared of all charges.
After years of the fallout from the phone hacking scandal which saw scores of celebrities and members of the general public, including a murdered teen used for information revealed a court verdict yesterday.
It was revealed that David Cameron’s now ex-spin doctor, (Head of Communications) Andy Coulson, who the Prime Minister hired after his time from leaving the newspaper to a government aide was convicted. Coulson was found guilty by jury of a number of charges (listed below) after hacking confidential material of others. They included a murdered schoolgirl by the name of Milly Dowler. By accessing the information, the family were led to believe the deceased girl had used her phone and was still alive, when, in reality, she lay in a shallow grave.
The chilling verdict found him guilty of plotting to hack phones and are considering further charges of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office. He now face jail terms as well. Coulson had a six year long secret affair with the editor of the paper conducting the hacking, now defunct Sunday newspaper News of The World. The sister paper of The Sun was later replaced by the Sun on Sunday.
Tory cabinet ministers and leader of the country David Cameron, who were warned at the time but arrogantly decided against public outroar said they were “extremely sorry” for his employment at Downing Street whilst trying to turn popularity from their neglectful decisions.
Speaking in 2011, scandal ridden Conservative party leader Cameron said that if Coulson “”knew about the hacking at the News of the World, he will not only have lied to me, but he will have lied to the police, to a select committee, to the Press Complaints Commission and, of course, perjured himself in a court of law”.
Cameron once left his underage daughter in a pub after inviting the media to take ‘unknown’ pictures for press attention. A car soon returned to pick up the forgotten girl. The Tories are said to be bending the law in favour to gain mother’s votes at general elections.
The jury of eight women and three men decided to clear editor Rebekah Brooks, who many firmly believe was ‘in on it’ with Coulson, including their torrid working affair. Brooks, who rubbed shoulders with David Cameron, The Queen, Rupert Murdoch and others had strong connections and denied any knowledge or wrongdoing over the scandal. Other reporters and colleagues were cleared of the questionable charges.
After press campaigns of a public jury, the decision has now been met with upset. Insiders feel Brooks got away with it because she was a ‘woman’ and had jury sympathy. Her legal team was represented by David Cameron’s brother, who is a barrister. Brooks was said to have collapsed upon hearing the verdict and needed to be helped out of court by officials.
The jury are since considering a verdict on the remaining material until 11 June.
Since the case was revealed the now sketchy Leveson inquiry was launched to report on press ethics. Lord Justice Leveson laid out numerous suggestions on regulatory practices with media ethics to the press. The press regulation debacle, which drew up a Royal Charter in secret nd failed to display the ‘contract’ to the public domain and simply added it to the records as a doctrine of law was deemed inaccurate by all the press. Since then no press newspaper has willingly supported nor signed to the Charter, despite The Independent’s inclinations towards doing so before selling the paper off.
It is important that the press retain self-regulation, though must reform attitude to press ethic reporting based on attacking with political ideology and ‘free for all’ onslaughts of non-public figures. Adding a little taste to non public figures who make the news should be endorsed.
The press continue to favour self-regulation and press freedom. With the recent Egyptian Journalist jailings for seven years for doing their job and wrongly branded as supporting terrorist organisations for reporting responsible in a democratic society, journalists are needed now more than ever. Any level of regulation is a strain on the industry and its workforce. If politicians do not like what is reported. Mainly to cover up their dirty secrets, most notably the Tories, they should grow a thicker skin.
If you do not like the reporting of your misdeeds when it is responsible, then don’t be corrupt. It is fundamental to hold all ruling elites to account with responsible journalism. Since then celebrity gossip and sex scandals of footballers, classed as trash, have been gracing front covers, causing a chilling effect on journalism as a whole. Protecting the government abuses is not what the tool of the press is and any attempt to regulate the law from ministers in future to hide such scandals should be rejected by the court and only allow independent bodies, judges or Head of State to consider changing the rules. Cameron has been changing the laws in secret since 2010 to this point and has restricted press reporting. The evil totalitarian leader plans to further attack Human Rights, online spaces and welfare claimants to protect big business and scandals.
Being this out of touch with Europe, the world and its own country is a shameful disgrace that undermines Parliament, the UK and the judicial system. After Home Office Secretary previously stated “Human Rights must be scrapped” with the European Union support, the UK is becoming a shambolic authorative dictatorship. The courts may have to intervene and stop governments abusing the rules. Perhaps the Tory Queen can do something right by her country for once and protect what was once one of the greatest nation states for Human Rights, ethics and Democracy in an already problematic world.
We’re saying nothing about the heavy rumour from insiders regarding the ‘keys in the fishbowl’ party with the Cam’s George Osborne, Boris Johnson, Brooks, her husband and Coulson, among others. Though many believe it true, amid tense speculation.