NUJ calls for inquiry into phone hacking and Coulson to go
3 September 2010
The NUJ today backed calls for a full judicial investigation into mounting evidence of widespread telephone tapping at the News of the World. The union also called on Andy Coulson to stand down from his UK government position.
The NUJ has backed calls on the UK government to set up a judicial inquiry into the phone hacking scandal. The newpaper has confirmed that it has suspended a journalist while it investigates new allegations of the unlawful interception of voicemail.
Jeremy Dear, NUJ General Secretary, said:
"The NUJ as a union puts great importance on its code of conduct for journalists and has long been concerned at the activities of some publications, in particular at the News of the World.
"Our members have raised this issue from their personal experiences and our conference is on record in demanding a full judicial inquiry. The latest revelations in the New York Times make it even more urgent this inquiry goes ahead.
"In the meantime, it is our view that Andy Coulson, the ex-editor of the News of the World, should stand down from his government position. Serious questions now have to be answered about his knowledge of and use of illegal telephone taps and it is unacceptable that he should be in charge of government communications until these matters have been fully investigated."