George Michael has responded to the news that Rupert Murdoch’s News International has shut down the scandal-plagued British newspaper News of the World by declaring that today is a “fantastic day for Britain.”
The paper has been accused of eavesdropping on the phone messages of murder victims, politicians and celebrities such as Michael. According to the Associated Press, the News of the World got a lead on the singer’s DUI arrest last year by hacking his phone.
In a series of tweets earlier on Thursday, Michael accused News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks of corruption:
Rebekah Brooks sat two feet from me in my own home and told me that it was never the public that came to them with information, or celebrities, and that the police always got there first. I believe every individual, whether privileged or the average citizen, deserves the law, and many of us, rich or poor, have been denied it by News International.”
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.