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Is shutting the News of the World and a public inquiry enough?: We want your answers

We want your answers to this Open Question: David Cameron has called for a public inquiry into the hacking scandal at the British tabloid News of the World, which has announced its closure. Is this an adequate response to a scandal that implicates the Murdochs, the British political class and the police?
ourKingdom editors
8 July 2011

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The Prime Minister has called for a public inquiry into the ongoing hacking scandal that has led the News of the World to declare that it will close doors following one last issue this Sunday. But does the shutting of the tabloid and a judge-led independent enquiry adequately respond to the still unravelling scandal that has already implicated not only the Murdoch empire but the British political class and police?

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