Goldsmith attacks tabloids
Zac Goldsmith has launched a savage attack on the tabloid press, comparing its activities to those of Nazi Germany.
Appearing alongside Mr Goldsmith wasMax Mosley, the ex-motor racing boss, who called for more online privacy and suggested internet search firms should be "forced to remove picture which violate personal privacy".
Asked about Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre's argument that newspapers need to run personal stories to remain commercially viable, the Conservative MP responded: “Nobody said Auschwitz should remain open because it created jobs.” Later, Mr Goldsmith admitted that he could have made the same point citing a different example, but emphasised "the point is valid".
Mr Goldsmith was giving evidence to the Joint Committee on Privacy and Injunctions, and also argued that any hypocritical MP who had campaigned on an anti-gay platform and was then exposed as homosexual should be “barred from office” and deserved to be exposed in the press.
At the same hearing, Hugh Grant attacked “sycophantic” politicians, who he said competed with each other to please perpetrators of phone hacking and invasions of privacy. The Committee also heard from Max Mosley and Steve Coogan.
Further details of the committee’s session can be read here
Also appearing before the committee was Max Mosley, the ex-motor racing boss, who called for more online privacy and suggested internet search firms should be "forced to remove picture which violate personal privacy".