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Friday 22 August 2014

Sentences inevitable after 'colossal failure', claim campaigners

Emily Pennink

Published 05/07/2014 | 02:30

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Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire leaves after the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London. Reuters
Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire leaves after the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London. Reuters
Milly Dowler

CAMPAIGNERS said the conclusion of the hacking trial was the inevitable consequence of a "colossal failure" which allowed criminal activities to "fester for many years" at the 'News of the World'.

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A spokesman for Hacked Off said: "No one can take any pleasure from the sentences handed down today on News of the World journalists.

"But these sentences are the inevitable outcome of a colossal failure of corporate governance within News International that allowed a culture of criminal behaviour to fester for many years. It has taken far too long for the thousands of innocent victims of this industrial-scale criminal conspiracy to see its perpetrators brought to justice.

"Those victims will insist that no stone is left unturned to get to the full truth of what happened – no matter how high up the scandal went. We now need a proper independent and effective press regulator that actually works for victims and the public in preventing this sort of institutional disregard for the rights of others.

"Even as journalists are being jailed, some newspapers refuse to accept that they must change their culture, or that they must implement Leveson's recommendations for effective, independent regulation."

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