| 5°C Dublin

Milly Dowler's sister slams 'incestuous' media policy

Close

Murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Photo: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Photo: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Murdered British schoolgirl Milly Dowler. Photo: Surrey Police/PA Wire

Milly Dowler's sister has slammed the "incestuous" relationship between Britain's top politicians and the press as she spoke out in the wake of the first verdicts in the phone-hacking trial.

Gemma Dowler, whose younger sister's phone was hacked after she disappeared in 2002, made her comments in a video released in the wake of the conviction of former Downing Street spin doctor Andy Coulson for plotting to hack phones.

Revelations that the 'News of the World' had hacked missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone in spring 2002 sparked public outrage and contributed to the tabloid's downfall.

A message left by a recruitment agency suggested the 13-year-old may have been alive in Telford and the newspaper dispatched reporters to investigate the false lead before telling police about the message.

Former 'News of the World' editor Rebekah Brooks, who was cleared of hacking charges by the same jury on Tuesday, was in charge of the paper in 2002 but was on holiday in Dubai at the time Milly's phone was hacked, leaving Coulson at the helm.

In the wake of the verdicts, Ms Dowler called for Mr Cameron and other party leaders to implement proposals made following the Leveson Inquiry into press standards.

She said: "Ordinary people have suffered terribly from journalists who recklessly intruded into private grief and stole private information." (© Daily Telegraph, London)

Daily Digest Newsletter

Get ahead of the day with the morning headlines at 7.30am and Fionnán Sheahan's exclusive take on the day's news every afternoon, with our free daily newsletter.

This field is required


Most Watched





Privacy