The practices at News International have stained the proud tradition of the British press - Harman

29 February 2012

Harriet HarmanHarriet Harman MP, Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, responding to the announcement that James Murdoch is standing down as Executive Chairman of News International, said:

"After the shocking evidence given this week at the Leveson Inquiry James Murdoch had no option but to go.
 
"The practices at News International have stained the proud tradition of the British press.
 
"We must ensure that all offences are brought to justice and that a proper framework for press complaints is established.

"But never again must we allow any individual or organisation to acquire such a concentration of power when it comes to media ownership.

"Labour supports a robust, free and independent press but one which abides by the law and the press complaints code."