Cameron developed 'too close relationship' with media, says report

Last Updated: Fri, Nov 30, 2012 07:40 hrs

British Prime Minister David Cameron and other senior politicians have developed "too close a relationship with the press", which has led to justifiable public concern over "the way things have been done," a report has said.

The Leveson Report said the fact that a public inquiry into the relationship was necessary "cannot be considered as satisfactory".

"The problem is public perception," Lord Justice Leveson concluded.

Over 300 pages of the Leveson's Inquiry report detailed the close relationship between Rebekah Brooks, the former chief executive of News International, and Cameron, the Telegraph reports.

The inquiry exposed how the pair had exchanged personal text messages, the paper said.

According to the paper, Cameron was described as going to "great lengths" to win over News International, and the Prime Minister was right to accept that politicians had "got too close to the media.

"The circumstances in which Rupert Murdoch and his close advisers decided to endorse Cameron are complex," the Leveson Report said.

"Cameron went to great lengths to secure meetings face-to-face with Murdoch and other News International executives and editors. The benefits of this may have played some part in the outcome but should not be overestimated," it added. (ANI)

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