Despite revelations today that News of the World journalists may have hacked into the phone of Sara Payne, the mother of an eight year old girl who was murdered by a serial sex offender, James Murdoch has been unanimously retained as chairman of BskyB after a meeting also held today. The Lib Dem media spokesman, Don Foster, has called on BskyB to reconsider their unanimous backing of James Murdoch. Foster earlier asked Ofcom to further investigate whether the Murdoch empire is "fit and proper" to hold a 39 per cent share in BskyB
After her daughter's death Sara Payne mounted a campaign which led to a law being passed allowing parents access to information about people living near them who were child sex offenders. This campaign was widely supported by the News of the World and came to be known as Sarah's Law. Sara Payne worked closely with NOTW editor, Rebekah Brooks, on the campaign and they became close friends. It is thought that Rebekah Brooks gave the phone to Sara Payne which was subsequently hacked by investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
The Guardian reports that friends have revealed that Sara Payne is "devastated and deeply disappointed."
Understandably this recent revelation has outraged even more people in the United Kingdom who want to see the people responsible brought to justice. Unfortunately for the victims the legal inquiry which opened today into the phone hacking scandal is unlikely to be an impartial one. This is because the judge selected by UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, Lord Justice Leveson, has a direct social link to Newscorp via his contact to Matthew Freud, Rupert Murdoch's son-in-law.
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