Nevermind Leveson: what did MI5 know about News International operations in the UK?

MARGARET THATCHER AND RUPERT MURDOCH

Is Murdoch a threat to national security? He’s certainly a threat to our national identity!

“The biggest disappointment in Leveson is how far he skates over the crucial issue of ownership. It matters very much that the law on competition was broken by Margaret Thatcher’s participation in 1981 in a secret deal by which Times Newspapers came under News International’s control. All Leveson’s fine language in his report about the need for future transparency is justified by the vaguest of references to what made it necessary in the first place. It surely matters a great deal that the greatest concentration of the British press was achieved by a backroom deal that gave News International such sway over British public life.”  Harold Evans (2012)

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