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He also criticized The Daily Mail, the weekday sister of The Mail on Sunday, for its coverage of the recent announcement of the birth of his daughter, saying it had paid a former lover of the girl's mother $150,000 (125,000 GBP) to obtain private pictures of her. The inquiry, headed by senior judge Brian Leveson and due to last a year, will make recommendations that could have a lasting impact on the media industry, possibly leading to tighter rules or at least an overhaul of the current system of self-regulation. Earlier on Monday, Sally and Bob Dowler, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked by one of Murdoch's UK newspapers, spoke about the heartbreak caused by the hacking.
As a former journalist, I am sickened by these reports. We need freedom of the press to help safeguard against tyranny. But journalists also have an obligation to be self-policing and adhere to a high code of conduct. Hacking falls well out of the scope of good, investigative journalism and undermines credibility. Shame on all those responsible. Collapse Darrel B