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This is BBC World News Today with me Kirsty Lang. Pressure a News
International mounts following allegations that the News of the
world hacked into the form of a murdered schoolgirl.
What I have read in the papers is quite shocking, that someone could
do this actually knowing that the police were trying to find this
person and trying to find out what had happened.
The Dutch state is found responsible for the deaths of three
Bosnian Muslims they handed over to Serbian forces just before the
Srebrenica massacre. The human tragedy of unimaginable
proportions - the UN's warning about the drought affecting 10
million people in East Africa. And still mourning Salman Taseer -
murdered Pakistani politician and Governor of Punjab province. We
speak to his son, the novelist Hello and welcome. The methods
employed by the British tabloid press to get scoops had been under
the spotlight ever since it was first revealed that reporters from
the News of the world had been hacking into celebrities phones.
But this latest allegation that the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly
Dowler was also tapped into by a private detective working for the
paper has caused a political storm. David Cameron said if it is true,
it is a truly dreadful act. And the Ford car manufacturers have said
they are pulling all advertising from the paper. Our political
correspondent reports. Four months this scandal has been growing as
more and more celebrities and politicians were informed their
phones have been hacked. Now, a much more serious allegation has
shocked the country. 13-year-old Milly Dowler went missing in 2002.
Her body was found six months later. The latest claim is that the News
of the World hacked into her phone where she was missing and that some
messages may even have been deleted in the process. David Cameron, who
is on a trip to Afghanistan, made his feelings clear. If they are
true, this is a truly dreadful act and a dreadful situation. If what I
have read in the papers is true, it is quite shocking that someone
could do this, actually knowing that the police were trying to find
this person and trying to find out what had happened. All this puts
more pressure on Rebekah Brooks. She is the chief executive of News
International in the UK. She was also the editor of the News of the
World when Malik -- Milly Dowler went missing. She and other
executives at the paper has always said she did not know about the
actions of a few rogue reporters. News International argues she is as
shocked as everyone else. They make it plain she does not intend to
resign. She has been clear today that is absolutely what she will
not do. This happened in 2002. She is now chief executive of a company
in 2011. She is determined to get to the bottom of the issue.
political heat has been turned up on their empire of Rupert Murdoch.
The House of Commons will debate the allegations on Wednesday.
Opposition politicians say they want a full require a set up. They
also think Rebekah Brooks should go. The is was not just one individual.
It was a series of things which happened. What I want from News
International is for people to start taking responsibility. It is
not just News International which has difficult questions to answer.
The police originally said phone hacking which used to target a
handful of celebrities. The latest claims prompt more uncomfortable
questions about whether a blind eye was turned by Scotland Yard.
The British actor Hugh Grant who has himself been the victim of some
sensational stories in the News of the world has joined calls for a
full public inquiry into the British media. He said the phone
hacking issue now leads to questions about who we can trust in
society. The problem with this whole issue has been that we cannot
entirely trust the normal mechanisms to write a terrible
wrong in the centre of our society. We cannot entirely trust the police.
There is a new team now at the police to replace the old one which
was clearly dragging their feet. To what extent they were in the pocket
of News International we do not know. Rebekah Brooks has admitted
that money often changed hands between News International and the
Metropolitan Police. We cannot rely on that government sadly because
successive administrations have needed the murder press so badly to
get re-elected. They had been terrified of the revenge of News
International, in terms of digging skeletons from their cupboards that
they have basically been their puppets. We think we live in a
democracy but really, our prime ministers are elected by Rupert
Murdoch. It is a great wrong in this country and a public inquiry
seems to me to be the beginning to how we uncover just how corrupt
that whole cabal has been. Hugh Grant.
With me now it is a broadcaster and media analyst Steve Hewlett.
Picking up. Hugh Grant made about the political power wielded by News
International in this country, could we see that unravelling it
end his political storm? Maybe. It is an interesting question but
Rupert Murdoch own some begging newspapers in their UK. Famously,
it was said of elections that the sun won it but induce, what papers
and others have been smart hats, by my analysis, is following public
opinion. We did not need Rupert Murdoch to tell us that John Major
had run out of road and Tony Blair was the up and coming thing. Nor
that Gordon Brown had been finished either. You can overstate this
matter. In terms of the influence of the press, there are all sorts
of things conspiring to reduce that, not least the Internet. We heard
tonight that Ford, the car manufacturer, is pulling
advertising from News of the World. Presumably this will increase the
pressure on the top executive of News International? No question. It
represents that, we have known this practice has been going on on an
industrial steel by which I mean in that -- phone hacking. The Milly
Dowler story has seen this jump the wall. It is no longer Westminster
village, and celebrities, and media land. It is now out in the public
domain in a way which in packs on people more broadly. The
advertisers are understandably, starting to think that appearing in
the News of the World might make them not look the best in the face
of their customers. This is a significant shift. It moves from
the media fringes for the story to the mainstream. A change which will
add to pressure on Rebekah Brooks who is the chief executive of News
International but who was editor of News of the World at that time?
There are three aspects. Generally, if it was this widespread, it looks
like he was going on for years, certainly, for a good part of 2000
and over a long period of time with a succession of editors. First, if
it is that widespread, it is implausible that the senior
management did not know about it. Secondly, it is hard to imagine
that the editor of the paper at the time would not have been aware of
the details. But even if you accept that both those counts mean that
they knew nothing, give them every piece of doubt going, they still
told us on a number of occasions they had inquired fully and found
nothing. They have denied that every stage that this went on. Then
they settled a very big civil action for at �800,000. They
settled it out of court after the discovery process would have
revealed to both sides some of what we now know was in the evidence
that the police had. When they settled back case, there were
people en News International at a senior level, who knew something
had gone on. So even if they did not know what was going on at the
time, they have been involved in something which I have to say looks
like,... Thank you very much. It is 16 years since the massacre
of nearly 8,000 Bosnian Muslims in the un administered enclave at
Srebrenica. Today a Dutch appeals court found that the Netherlands,
whose peacekeepers were guarding the UN declared safe zone, was
responsible for the death of three Muslim men. In what is a landmark
ruling - the court said Dutch troops should not have handed the
three men over to Bosnian Serb troops who later murdered them. Our
world affairs correspondent Peter Biles reports. Srebrenica July 1995.
A so-called UN safe area but one that was overrun by Bosnian forces.
The Bosnian Muslims thought they had the protection of Dutch UN
peacekeepers. They were wrong. About 8,000 Muslim men and boys
were massacred by the Bosnian Serbs. Today in a surprise legal ruling, a
court in the Netherlands decided that the Dutch government bore some
responsibility. The presiding judge said the appeals court believe the
Dutch state had acted illegally towards the three Bosnian Muslims
and would have to pay compensation. It has been a long painful legal
ordeal for the relatives of the victims. I am after the killers of
my family, the Serbs who lived in Bosnia. One of them works in the
same building that I work in, can you imagine that? I have to go to
my office every day to the same building and he is still there.
Believe me, it is just one of the cases I had been dealing with for
the last 15 years. The families had filed the loss it's because the
three Bosnian men who were killed had been working for the Dutch
peacekeepers. The outcome of the case surprised even the lawyers.
did not consider this possible within the borders of the
Netherlands. I thought we had to go outside to an international
tribunal because we're all too much involved. It is too big and too
much about, in her estate. I thought the court would not be able
to disentangle themselves. -- our state. 16 years after the massacre,
this court ruling about the three men who were turned over to the
Serbs could have implications for similar cases against the Dutch
state. David Cameron has made a direct
appeal to the Taleban, telling them to put down their weapons and
joined the political process but on the second day of his visit to
Afghanistan, four and 80 soldiers were killed and the question
remains, what will happen when the coalition forces finally draw down.
-- four NATO soldiers. British troops in Helmand province.
Dropping into area region the Taleban previously controlled. The
Taleban, wisely, were not there to meet them. So far the soldiers have
not run into any opposition. Usually when the insurgency NATO
coming in strength, they retreat but not always. One of the
villagers hopes things will improve without the insurgents around. The
Taleban still her foot, he says. I am very poor but if I protest, they
say I support NATO. Natal is successfully pushing the Taleban
out of places like this. In Helmand, that is because 10,000 British
troops are reinforced by 20,000 Americans. David Cameron said in
Kabul today that progress was good enough to withdraw more British
troops. He will make the announcement tomorrow. It will
probably be just a few hundred soldiers but by 2015, there will be
no British combat forces here at all. I think the British people
deserve a deadline because we have been in Helmand problems since 2006.
We had been in Afghanistan since 2001. I believe the Afghan
government and people and Army deserve a deadline so they can plan
properly towards transition. It is over to the Afghan forces. In the
village, the police seemed willing to help themselves to food, just
like the Taleban. They did find a Taleban ammunitions - in the garden.
The insurgents haven't gone away. They were sniping at the soldiers
on the operation we joined. The Afghan forces lack much. British
officers say private lake there is still a big problem with corruption.
The question now it is will the Afghans be able to do the job the
British soldiers had been doing as they start to leave?
Now a look at some other news: More than 30 people in Iraq have been
killed by two co-ordinated bomb blast at a government office.
Officials say the building in the town of Taji, about 20 kilometres
north of Baghdad, was full of people at the time. The first
attack was a car bomb, then a roadside bomb exploded as people
Syrian security forces are reported to have shot dead LE6 anti-
government protesters in Hama on the second day of clashes. They say
they are continuing to surround Hama and the authorities are trying
to assert control. The European Union has banned the
sale of some categories of seeds and beans from Egypt. The report
macro says a single batch of that seeds was the likely source of E-
coli eight that killed 50 people. Prince William and Catherine have
arrived in the far north of Canada for the latest up in their first
official tour. They are meeting groups and will have an afternoon
of singing and art export. The United Nations refugee agency
has said the drought in East Africa is a tragedy of unimaginable will
proportions. Many people are facing shortages of food, shelter and
health services. This report from Ben Brown.
Day after day, mile after mile, they walk and they walk. These are
the people of the drought. They are also escaping from the civil war in
Somalia. They walk vast distances a cross land where it no longer seems
to rain. Some are sick, like this six month old. Some will die along
the way. These people we came across are from the same village.
What they carry it is all they possess.
The journey was too long. We have no food. No water. There were
threats from wild animals. This group of villagers have been
walking for five days to get here. Others travelled longer than that,
sometimes several weeks. They are looking for food, water and medical
supplies. And they are pleading for help from the international
community. When they arrive at the Dadaab camp, they are desperate.
The camp has been overwhelmed. The United Nations say they give basic
rations to everyone who arrives. Some refugees say they can wait for
days and weeks without getting proper food supplies. Unless we can
get aid into this part of the world and increase our operation to meet
the growing need, this crisis could turn into a catastrophe. This is
what we have to stop. The most vulnerable in the camp are the
malnourished children who have just arrived. Often they die within a
day of getting here. And so the graveyards are filling up fast.
Mainly, it is children and babies. Families who come in search of food
and water have found death instead. A Libyan government spokesman
denied negotiations are taking place about Colonel Gaddafi giving
up power or seeking safe refuge. Moussa Ibrahim said the claims were
untrue. Talks have taken place in Italy, Egypt and Norway with senior
figures in the Libyan opposition, but they focus on finding a
peaceful way out of the conflict. Crossing Libya's empty desert is
exhausting. For the journalists, and even for the camels. We are on
our way to the front line to meet the loyal fighters of Colonel
Gaddafi, we are told. Instead, after 10 hours' driving, this is
where we end up. It is, we are told, the latest handiwork of NATO. The
point of the trip becomes apparent, to witness how NATO is to strike
Libya's economic infrastructure. -- is destroying. The welcoming
committee is out and in a full voice. We are not army. Look. But,
we are standing here. This is our land. The anger may be genuine. As
with so much in Libya, it is hard to tell what is real and what is
staged for the cameras. We have been brought here to see the damage
that the locals say was caused by a NATO strike and to a family home,
which they say was destroyed by the NATO strike. Once again, there are
strange things about the bomb site. In particular, this, an ejector
seat from a fighter jet. It appears to be from a Russian-built aircraft.
Nobody can explain what it is doing in the middle of a bombed site
supposedly caused by NATO. There are other anomalies. Spent aircraft
around sleaze to the ground. -- anti-aircraft rounds of litter the
ground. And we are taken to see this. The regime say they have seen
this been smuggled to the rebels from NATO ships in the
Mediterranean. When we say we need people to discuss peace fully how
to solve the Libyan crisis, nobody agrees to sit down with us. When it
comes to supplying weapons to the rebels, everybody wants to.
message is that it is NATO and its allies that is fuelling the war.
The only problem is that nobody outside Tripoli seems to believe
them. A Pakistani religious scholar has
demanded the killer of a politician be released from prison. Salmaan
Taseer was a prominent liberal politician when he was murdered by
his bodyguard. His assassin has since been turned into a martyr by
Islamic fundamentalists in Pakistan. The murdered man's San it is the
novelist Aatish Taseer, whose novel tells of someone who goes to meet
the father he has never met. It must be distressing for you to hear
the calls for your father's murder to be released from prison. It is
hideous but sadly predictable. has been turned into a martyr.
killer is a hero. There are posters celebrating him. It is to hideous.
Do your family hope... They hope he will be brought to trial, but do
they fear he will not be brought to trial? There is that fear. It would
take a strong government to have the courage to bring him to trial.
I fear there is not the political will to do that. And there is a
groundswell in Pakistan in support of the killer. It is a very small
beleaguered number of people who are standing by my father and what
he represented. I understand your novel, Noon, has been dragged into
the debate. The first book, stranger to History, has been used.
It is the worst nightmare to have your writing that was written at
another time with another intention to be used in this way and turned
against. It is a horrible thing to go through. I cannot speak for the
book. It is now in unsafe hands, as it were. They are trying to insure
it towards the conclusion and some how damaged my father's credentials
as a Muslim, almost making the case that he deserve to die because he
was not a good enough Muslim. This shows you the society we are
thinking about. You did not meet your father until you were 21. Your
parents separated when you were young. Was it a problem for him
that you were born of a Indian mother. It was damaging. It is
something they used against him. In the trial it is a victory for the
prosecution lawyer to prove that he had an association with this woman
and a half Indian child. It was damaging. Do you feel Indian or
Pakistani? I feel Indian in the undivided sense. When I am in
Punjab, I feel a monk my own people. I have no love for the idea of
Pakistan -- I feel a month my own people. -- amongst my own people.
Will your new book be published in Pakistan? I am not sure. I hope it
will be distributed in Pakistan. This is a volatile time. Because of
the way that the other book was used, I am almost reluctant to have
my writing published in Pakistan. Thank you very much.
Before we go, breaking news is coming in. The ratings agency
Moody's has cut Portugal's credit rating by it four levels. It is two
notches above junk territory. It is said it will need a second round of
bail-out before it can return to the capital markets. And a reminder
of the main stories. Pressure is growing for the chief executive of
News International Media Group to resign. This follows allegations
that a private investigator or was working for the News Of The World
and hacked into the mobile phone of a missing British schoolgirl.
Rebekah Brooks says she is appalled by the allegations and has written
to the family. And an appeal court in the Netherlands has found the
Dutch state was responsible for deaths in Srebrenica in 1995.
In the sunshine in eastern England today the temperature reached up to
the are per 20s. But keep the umbrella us tomorrow, because there
will be heavy showers. Low-pressure moving in from the Atlantic and
that will dominate the weather for the rest of the week. We will have
unsettled weather. These are the showers throughout a Wednesday. At
4pm, it is not constant rain. They will be showers with brighter
spells in between. But the showers could well be heavy and thundery of.
In London, we make it up to 22 degrees. In the showers,
temperatures will drop quickly. More general rain will approach
south-west England towards the end of the afternoon. In Northern
Ireland, sunshine and showers. In the sunshine, it will not feel too