Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Miliband: Murdoch's Executives Thought They Were Untouchable

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Miliband: Murdoch's Executives Thought They Were Untouchable

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

A CULTURE of irresponsibility triggered the phone hacking scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch's newspaper group, Ed Miliband said today.

The Labour leader said Mr Murdoch's executives believed they were "untouchable".

Mr Miliband -- who was stepping up his call for the media mogul's empire in Britain to be cut down -- also linked the phone-hacking crisis to the MPs' expenses scandal and bankers' bonuses.

He said: "All are about the irresponsibility of the powerful. People who believed they were untouchable.

"My argument is that throughout our society we need a new culture, rules and structure, which encourages people to act with responsibility. We need to address this responsibility deficit we see in our society."

In a speech at KPMG in central London, Mr Miliband also demanded new media ownership laws; Labour will submit its own proposals to the forthcoming judge-led inquiry into phone hacking. …

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