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Phone hacking: how the Met came to the Guardian looking for evidence

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

The results were all too predictable. Last Friday, the Guardian went public, revealing that the police had asked for a court ruling on the legality of the demand this Friday. Remarkably, support for the newspaper was widespread, with trenchant leading articles from the Financial Times and the Daily Mirror, which both recognised the importance of protecting journalistic sources. Meanwhile the Sunday Times, part of Rupert Murdoch’s media stable, called on the Met to “call off its legal dogs”. Even Richard Littlejohn, the Daily Mail columnist, announced, after advising his readers to “pour yourself a stiff drink”, that he was “about to defend the Guardian” in a column.

Politicians swiftly joined in. At their party conference, the Liberal Democrats were quick to voice support; asked by MP Don Foster at a fringe meeting attended by Hugh Grant whether there was a public interest in publishing the Milly Dowler story, every one of the 200 or so hands went up. On Monday, Labour followed suit - and both parties called on politicians or senior officials to intervene. As Fleet Street rallied around and politicians followed, the authorities struggled.

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Lib Dems: Use BBC cash to promote broadband

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

A leading Liberal Democrat MP has suggested that BBC money should be used to generate further demand for high-speed broadband services.

Don Foster, co-chairman of the party’s Policy Committee on Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport, said that major communications companies were not investing in improving Britain’s broadband network because there was insufficient evidence of the demand for new services.

“The funding set aside within the BBC’s budget for broadband ought to be used much more about demand stimulation than is currently the plan,” said Mr Foster. He highlighted recent statistics that suggested, especially among older people, broadband take-up remains stubbornly low.

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Phone hacking: Journalists must not be forced to reveal sources, Attorney General is urged

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

The Metropolitan Police is seeking a court order under the act - intended to protect national security - that would compel a newspaper to hand over documents relating to the News International phone-hacking scandal.

The police force’s move prompted a growing political backlash, and was widely criticised at the Liberal Democrat conference in Birmingham yesterday.

Don Foster, the party’s spokesman on media issues, told a fringe meeting that Mr Grieve should use his “discretion” as the Government’s chief law officer to stop the Met using the Act against The Guardian.

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