Where is the voice of the unions in this current media crisis in which jobs are being lost, truth trampelled under foot, the law subverted and political patronage runs riot?

Monopoly and cross media ownership is bad for Britain and as the Wapping strikers warned us, "Murdoch is Bad News".

Amidst the bought politicians, judges and compromised establishment it will fall to the workers' representatives to demand CHANGE. Step up TUC.

The communists point out that, in addition to regulation, the cause of the current crisis is capitalist  monopoly ownership in the media.

After days of dragging its heals, the Government has had to call an inquiry into aspects of the conduct of the News International media empire.

Ofcom, the 'media regulator' which has a duty to ensure that media owners are 'fit and proper',  is inquiring, the police are inquiring...after themselves. They have had one inquiry already - it must have been one of the shortest on record. They found no case to answer. Tom Watson MP said of Rebekah Brook's inquiry into NI, "the chief suspect has become the chief investigator." The Press Complaints Commission is exposed as toothless and gullible, believing the NI lie machine when truth pointed in a different direction.

Murdoch, without a thought for history or print workers' jobs, trashes his own newspaper, in an attempt to dampen the anger of the British people. Journalist's leader Michelle Stanistreet called NotW closure, " an act of utter cynical opportunism". It may also help Murdoch avoid claims for damages against a newspaper which will be resurrected as 'son of NotW'.

The Labour Movement has been clear about this company for the last 25 years - since the Wapping dispute - when it warned of worse to come: News International is a ruthless seeker after monopoly and profit and cannot be allowed to take over BSkyB.


Read here the latest from Campaign for Press and Broadcasting Freedom.

The communists point out that, in addition to regulation, the cause of the current crisis is capitalist  monopoly ownership. Of the 168 Murdoch newspaper titles not one stood against the Iraq war. With economic power comes political power. The relationship between Murdoch and the police goes beyond bribery to the gates of the Wapping plant when they acted more like his private army. A real inquiry is called for - it should concern itself with how we might develop a creative, truly enquiring and entertaining media that is not controlled by the super rich. As a both a beacon and a model, the Morning Star owned by a cooperative of its readers and supporters  alone has campaigned consistently against the monopolisation of Britain's mass media.