Merlin Emmanuel, nephew of reggae star Smiley Culture who died in police custody earlier this year, spoke to Socialist Worker about what the hacking scandal means for the media
“For far too long, Rupert Murdoch has pulled the strings of our politicians, police and media.
News is so important because media is often used to create distrust or resentment towards individuals or groups.
Many causes that should be championed have been demonised.
And many causes that are of no benefit to the welfare of the common citizen are presented as positive and progressive.
I don’t expect Murdoch or his family to be held accountable or to stand trial for any criminal proceedings.
But at least now I feel the confidence of the British public has been breached to such an extent that never again will they accept the tabloid narrative as gospel.
Most will digest the news they read with the scepticism and critique it deserves.
Never again will they view Rupert Murdoch or News International in the same light as before.
His integrity has been tainted irreparably.”