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Some insightful quotes on the News International scandal

Issue No. 2261

‘Discerning people should not be impressed by the process familiar to me and other victims of it, of hostile media solemnly citing law professors and retired prosecutors and sources to comment on the Murdochs’ legal problems’

Disgraced press baron Conrad Black comments on Rupert Murdoch’s problems


‘It was the kind of place you get out of and you never want to go back again’

A former reporter describes the News of the World when Rebekah Brooks was editor

‘That is what we do—we go out and destroy other people’s lives’

News of the World assistant news editor Greg Miskiw in 2002


‘He has gone for lunch. I don’t know if he will be in a fit state to talk to you when he gets in’

Wife of veteran News International legal manager Tim Crone to journalists outside his house. He left the firm “abruptly” last week after 26 years


‘Ethics to me is very important. I will not tolerate to deal with a company that has a lady or a man that has any sliver of doubt on her or his integrity’

Billionaire Saudi prince Alwaleed bin Talal, comments on Rebekah Brooks just before her resignation. Yet he is News Corporation’s second largest shareholder


‘Rebekah is one of my closest friends and I’m sorry but I cannot accept that she sanctioned the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone’

Jeremy Clarkson defends Brooks in his Sun column last week


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