Support in parliament for News of the World journalists
12 July 2011
The NUJ Parliamentary Group has taken action to support journalists and other staff thrown out of work by the Murdoch decision to close the News of the World.
A parliamentary early day motion (EDM), tabled by the group, condemns the sacking of over 200 journalists and staff at the paper, and welcomes referral to the Competition Commission of the planned Murdoch taskeover of BSkyB.
EDM 2054 reads:
"That this House condemns the sacking of over 200 journalists and staff at the News of the World (NotW); supports the National Union of Journalists inits campaign to help journalists facing compulsory redundancy at the NotW; believes that shutting the NotW is an act of political opportunism by News International (NI); notes that the Chief Executive of NI, Rebekah Brooks, was Editor of the NotW at a time when alleged hacking of mobile telephones was underway; calls for a full public investigation into the apparent systematic abuses at the top of the operation run by both Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson; and welcomes the referral to the Competition Commission of the takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation."