Friday, Oct 09th

Last update03:31:45 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media Former editor says Murdoch sowed seeds of hacking scandal

Former editor says Murdoch sowed seeds of hacking scandal

E-mail Print PDF

Expressing disgust at a fall in journalistic standards that he said Murdoch helped stoke by fostering a culture of trifling scandal, Evans said reporters needed principles to prevent them getting too close to the powerful.

"It's a Faustian bargain when you get too intimate with politicians, it serves neither the politicians or the press well for the relationship to get to be one of complicity," Evans, 83, told the inquiry in the High Court.

"What happened in 1981 is entirely relevant to today, it's a manifestation of the same culture of too close a connection between a powerful media group and politicians," Evans said of his experience working as Times editor.

Evans edited the Sunday Times from 1967-1981. He agreed to edit the Times when offered the job by Murdoch but he only lasted a year. He stood down in 1982 in protest against what he saw as Murdoch's interference in editorial policy.



Most Recent Related Stories...

Israeli soldiers attack journalists on West Bank

Israeli soldiers attack journalists on West Bank A dramatic video has emerged showing Israeli soldiers make an unprovoked assault on two journalists working...

Altice to buy Cablevision for $17.7B to expand in the U.S.

Altice to buy CablevisionAltice, a European telecom company controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, has agreed to buy U.S. cable...

'AJ staff is free': Egypt pardons jailed Al Jazeera journalists

Al Jazeera journalists freedImprisoned Al Jazeera journalists Mohamed Fahmy and Baher Mohamed have been pardoned in Egypt, a spokesman...

Dan Rather’s Moment of ‘Truth’: The Movie CBS and George W. Bush Don’t Want You to See

Film about Dan Rather's fall from graceA new film starring Cate Blanchett and Robert Redford explores the notorious ‘60 Minutes’ piece on...
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support!
TVNL Tee Shirt
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support!
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support!
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!