By Dark Politricks
There is currently an online campaign to stop Rupert Murdoch’s complete take over of BSkyB.
If you don’t know who Rupert Murdoch is then you should as he is one of, if not the biggest, publisher and media mogul in the world, owning the huge multi media News Corporation, a mega company that has a stranglehold over the TV and Print media from the UK to the USA to Australia and back again.
If you are a follower of UK politics you will know that the Lib Dem Business secretary Vince Cable was stripped of his role overseeing media competition issues including whether Murdoch could finally accomplish his dream of dominating UK media when he was exposed in an undercover sting by Telegraph reporters saying that he had “declared war” on Rupert Murdoch.
Why the Telegraph helped bring down one of the few people that could have helped block the ever increasing tentacles of their rival company I will never know but former Good Guy Vince Cable was replaced by Murdoch loving Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt who is on record as saying the following about the Murdoch empire:
“What we should recognise is that he has probably done more to create variety and choice in British TV than any other single person. We would be the poorer and wouldn’t be saying that British TV is the envy of the world if it hadn’t been for him being prepared to take that commercial risk.”
Not exactly encouraging words for those of us who wish to see Murdoch slapped back down to a position in which politicians from both main parties don’t slavishly bend over to his every demand and pray come election time that they gain his papers support. It seems that although Vince and some other Lib Dems aren’t too fond on Murdoch’s ever expanding empire both New Labour and the Tories believe that having Murdoch bless their party at election time a key omen on the way to victory.
Over the years the various Murdoch UK papers The Sun, The News of the World, The Times and The Time on Sunday have all switched sides multiple times supporting both the Tories and Labour parties sometimes declaring their support at the last minute so as to always be the winners “friend”.
Who can forget the famous “IT’S THE SUN WOT WON IT” front page after the 1992 election in which poll after poll had predicted a Labour victory but in the end saw an unexpected victory for John Major’s Tories.
Rupert Murdoch’s empire is currently under investigation by the police for the infamous phone hacking scandal that has rumbled on for years and seen celebrities, politicians and royals fall prey to the underhand tactics of the News of the World reporters including Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire who were both jailed at the Old Bailey after they admitted intercepting voicemail phone messages using secret and often default passwords of celebrities and other high profile peoples phones.
The scandal has also seen seen the fall from grace of ex News of the World editor and subsequent No 10 Press Officer Andy Coulson who had to quit his high profile job after imense pressure and an initial police enquiry.
However yesterday we find out that the hacking scandal had no limit to the level it would scrape to and even missing or dead school girls weren’t above having their phones hacked into if the stolen information gleaned from their voicemail could help sell a few more papers.
It seems that during 2002 not only did the News of the World stoop so low as to intercept phone messages from multiple murder Soham murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman but they also caused great mental distress by hacking into the phone of then missing murder victim Milly Dowler.
Milly’s killer Levi Bellfield has just been found guilty of her death after a trial in which the very bottom of the barrel was scraped by the defence team and now it has been revealed that during the time of her disappearance her phone was being hacked into and the voicemail messages tampered with by News of the World investigators.
A solicitor for Milly’s family, who were already furious over their treatment in court, revealed to the public that he believed that during the time of her disappearance when her fate was still unknown her phone was being hacked into by Murdoch linked investigators and reporters.
Mark Lewis said police told her parents that Glenn Mulcaire hacked into her voicemail while she was missing and deleted messages which gave relatives of Milly false hope that she was still alive.
In a statement he said:
“It is distress heaped upon tragedy to learn the News of the World have no humanity at such a terrible time.”
“The fact that they were prepared to act in such a heinous way that could have jeopardised the police investigation and gave them false hope is despicable.”
He also claimed that the Dowlers had been told their own phones were targeted by News of the World reporters and the Guardian who has led the investigation into the phone hacking scandal has claimed that after Milly’s voicemail facility became full, the News of the World deleted messages it had already listened to so that it could be filled up with new voicemail messages.
The Guardian quotes one source as saying that this gave false hope to friends and family, who mistakenly believed that Milly herself had cleared her message inbox and that therefore she was still alive.
However by that time she had already been murdered and her body dumped in woods near Minley, Hampshire by Levi Bellfield.
So at the same time that the Murdoch empire is embroiled in such a horrific immoral scandal they are preparing to take an even bigger slice of what is left of our “free independent thinking media” by taking over the rest of BSkyB.
As the on-line petition I have just signed says:
“If we work together, we can make sure this week doesn’t end with Murdoch getting awarded even more power. Let’s stand together for higher media standards and for Murdoch’s latest power grab to be halted.”
You can sign the petition here: http://www.38degrees.org.uk/page/s/murdoch-deal-petition#petition
And you can read my own comment to the site below.
“Please don’t let a megalomaniac who already owns far too much of our very narrow visioned and biased media from gaining even more of a strangehold over what is left of a free and “responsible” press.”
“The recent phone hacking scandal and claims that the News of the World reporters colluded with Policemen as well as hacked into the phones of the then missing and later to be found dead Milly Dowler is appalling.”
“We should not let someone who has so little control over his reporters yet such great control over our politicians gain even more power. Please prevent this takeover.”
Please help prevent Murdoch gaining even more power by signing the petition.