Huffington: There must be resignations at The News of the World
Huffington Post founder and media entrepreneur Arianna Huffington, pictured, has called for senior resignations and “accountability” at The News of the World over the hacking of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s mobile phone.
Speaking on the eve of the launch yesterday of the British operation of her vastly successful US news website and blogging platform The Huffington Post, she said there should be “consequences at the leadership level of the News of the World”.
“People cannot hide behind sending someone else to jail, there have to be higher consequences, resignations, firing whatever, whoever was ultimately responsible,” Ms Huffington told The Independent.
Among the bloggers earmarked to launch her British website earlier this week were Tony Blair, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Sarah Brown, along with comedians such as Ricky Gervais.
“This is a huge story in the US,” Ms Huffington added. “It was one of our biggest stories earlier this week. This is not the first time. There is a sense that both the UK and US are going through times of crisis. When these things emerge at a time of crisis, there is even less tolerance for them. I think it is important there is an investigation, to get to all the facts, and there should be accountability, not just for the investigator.”
Ms Huffington’s site, claimed the entrepreneur, was about to celebrate a “milestone” of 100m comments made on its US website huffingtonpost.com. She said in order to comply with this country’s libel laws the British site would employ a mixture of advanced technology and human moderators to prevent ad hominem attacks on its blogging stable.
The entrepreneur said part of her “editorial vision” for the British site was a focus on “working families”, in order to put “flesh and blood on the data”, with dedicated reporters committed to reporting on issues such as “students who will be graduating from college who can’t get jobs”. “This is not a Right-Left issue,” she said. “It is something any democracy knows you need to address this crisis affecting millions of working families”.
Huffington pledged her commitment to free online journalism. “The future is free,” she said, “the future is the linked economy. At the heart of our DNA is engagement. We stay on the story and then our readers send us their stories and then that’s where the fascination begins”.
On the selection of Mr Blair as one of the bloggers to launch the site, she said: “Huffpost is a platform available to anyone with anything interesting to say provided they clear our quality bar. Some of them are known and some of them are not known”.
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