Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger
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Guardian editor: Hacking scandal 'shocking and damaging'

The editor of the Guardian has told an inquiry into journalistic standards the phone hacking scandal exposed a failure in the way society holds those in power to account.

Alan Rusbridger told the panel, "the responses of the police... the flawed nature of regulation... the limitations of parliament and the initial unwillingness of much of the press" to look into the allegations were "shocking and immensely damaging".

He said it was important the Leveson inquiry looked into why it took four previous inquiries before phone-hacking allegations were taken seriously.

  • 16 Nov 2011