A host of bands and artists took to Twitter to offer their view on the Sunday newspaper’s impending closure this weekend (July 10), following recent allegations of mobile phone hacking.
Lily Allen‘s tweet focused on under-fire News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her seemingly ‘safe’ position within the company. The ‘retired’ singer said: “Rebekah Brooks must have something on the Murdochs, or she gave them a really nice christmas present.”
George Michael said that the closure of the newspaper marked a “fantastic day for Britain” and recalled an apparent meeting with Brooks in his home.
He tweeted: “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 on celebrities, and that the Police always got there first. I think thats enough to be going on with. (Don’t ask me how she got there).”
Reverend And The Makers frontman Jon McClure also tried to make light of Brooks‘ situation, with a perhaps ill-judged comparison with convicted child murderer Myra Hindley.
“Rebecca brooks leading the hacking investigation is like asking Myra hindley to mind the kids for half an hour,” he tweeted.
The closure was announced by News International chairman James Murdoch this afternoon (7). He said the good things the News Of The World did “have been sullied by behaviour that was wrong – indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company”.
Before the announcement Noel Gallagher also voiced his opinion over the recent phone hacking allegations. “It’s probably the most gross an infringement of people’s civil liberties as there is ever likely to be, particularly in the case of that young girl who died. It’s the dark side of the media,” he said.
The Sunday newspaper has been running for 168 years.