Cameron Calls for News of World Probes

But public suspects the closure is just a shell game
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2011 9:19 AM CDT
Cameron Calls for News of World Probes
Various front pages of London newspapers report on the closing of the national tabloid newspaper 'News of The World' on July 8, 2011 in London, England.   (Getty Images)

Facing a mounting public outcry over the News of the World scandal, David Cameron today announced a pair of investigations that will look into both the News of the World's activities (including allegations of police bribery) and the future of media regulation, the AP reports. Cameron said that politicians had grown too cozy with the press. “The truth is, we've all been in this together. Party leaders were so keen to win the support of newspapers that we turned a blind eye.” But he refused to apologize for hiring Andy Coulson.

The paper’s closure has if anything intensified public outrage, because most assume it’s a ploy. “All they are going to do is rebrand it,” the justice secretary told the Guardian. Sources tell the New York Times that Rupert Murdoch has long been considering launching a Sunday edition of The Sun that could neatly replace News of the World. Today also brought a second arrest, with reporter Clive Goodman held on allegations of bribing police, the Telegraph reports. As for the paper’s innocent staffers? Well, check out this hilarious-yet-sad tweet for what they’re up to. (More David Cameron stories.)

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