News of the World editor gives evidence to MPs

May 11, 2009 at 12:30 pm Leave a comment

by ePolitix.com

ePolitix.com reports on last week’s culture, media and sport committee in which MPs quizzed newspaper editors about press standards, privacy and libel.

The editor of the News of the World said that he makes “no apologies” for publishing a story that falsely suggested Max Mosley had participated in a “sick Nazi orgy”.

Colin Myler told the Commons culture, media and sport committee that he was surprised that Mosley had chosen to sue the newspaper.

“We are who we are and I make no apologies for publishing that story,” Myler told MPs in a session on press standards.

“To go to court and have a trial was surprising.

“Mr Mosley made, I think, quite a case that he never sought publicity. He was, he believed, a private person. I disagree with that fundamentally.”

And defending his decision to publish the controversial story, Myler stated: “It was a very good story. You only have to look at the manner in which it was followed up.”

But Philip Davies (Con, Shipley) suggested that Mosley’s sexual activities were “behind closed doors” and bore no responsibility to his public role.

Myler replied that he was an elected president of the FIA and had regulations on how to conduct his life.

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This article was kindly supplied by ePolitix.com, a division of Dods. It provides up-to-the-minute parliamentary news – focusing on events in Westminster.

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