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Jul 09

The “Dirty Digger” Scandal Threatens To Turn “Toxic”

By Rixon Stewart

The damage from the News of the World phone hacking scandal continues to reverberate.

In a matter of days Britain’s media landscape has changed irrevocably. Rupert Murdoch has been forced to close the country’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper, the 168-year-old News of the World, after the phone hacking scandal prompted advertisers to abandon it in droves.

Meanwhile the scandal went from bad to worse for Cameron’s government after his former communications chief was arrested on Friday on suspicion of bribing police officers.

Andy Coulson’s arrest put the spotlight uncomfortably on the government but it also brought attention to the incestuous relationship between government and media.

The best Prime Minister David Cameron could do was damage limitation, as he struggled to defend his decision to employ the former News of the World editor as an aide.

Although Mr Cameron admitted to “turning a blind eye” to questionable media practices, he said the ongoing controversy was a “cathartic moment” for both the media and politicians.

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