NUJ condemns Murdoch’s closure of The News of the World

July 8, 2011 at 6:00 am (Jim D, media, publications, unions, workers)

In a shock announcement … [07.07.11] James Murdoch has informed staff at the News of the World that the newspaper is being wound up with its last edition printed on Sunday.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ
General Secretary
said: “This shows the depths to which Rupert Murdoch
and his lieutenants at News International are prepared to stoop. The
announcement James Murdoch should be making today is the dismissal of Rebekah
Brookes as chief executive of News International. The shocking revelations this
week show beyond doubt the systemic abuse and corruption at the top of the
operation ran by both Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson. Yet News International
has persistently lied about the extent of this scandal and tried to pass it off
as a problem created by a couple of rogue reporters.
.
“Closing the title and sacking over
200 staff in the UK and Ireland, and putting scores more freelances and casuals
out of a job, is an act of utter cynical opportunism.  Murdoch is clearly
banking on this drawing a line under the scandal, removing an obstacle to the
BskyB deal, and letting his senior executives off the hook. That simply won’t
wash. It is not ordinary working journalists who have destroyed this paper’s
credibility – it is the actions of Murdoch’s most senior people.
.
“James Murdoch was absolutely right
when he said in his statement today that ‘Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom
bad.’ Yet those wrongdoers are still there today, at the top of the News
International empire and ordinary staff at the paper are paying with their
livelihoods.
.
“The closure of the News of the World
– a newspaper that has been in print now for 168 years – is a calculated
sacrifice by Rupert Murdoch to salvage his reputation and that of News
International, in the hope that readers will switch allegiance to a new
seven-day operation at The Sun, the government will wave through the BskyB deal
and he will widen his grip on the UK’s media landscape.
.
“It is ironic that 25 years after the
Wapping dispute it is the behaviour of Rupert Murdoch and his management that
has caused the closure of the newspaper. The NUJ will offer all support to its
members at the News of the World facing compulsory redundancies and will be
organising an emergency meeting of all journalists at the title to offer advice
and support.”

2 Comments

  1. Mr Jelly_not_Jolly said,

    Mass sackings at News of the World: Hard to summon up much sympathy… what is all this fuckking shit i am hearing about the poor little werKers at News Of Screws who now hev no jerb and we shud all cry for them? boo hoo boo fucking hoo. Fuck them all – what sort of a moral fuckking cretin werks for ANYTHING connected with Murdochian scum? fuck.them.alL. Peter Oborne is right to say in the Daily Telegraph that “Cameron is in the sewer because of his News International friends.” And that includes all the lITTLE eichcmans. NEVER FORGET HILLSBOROUGH. NEVER FORGET WAPPING…

  2. sackcloth and ashes said,

    ‘Greater love have no man for his career, that he’s lay down hundreds of jobs to save his own’.

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