Summary Box: Tabloid ethics compared to Auschwitz

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A SHOCKING CHARGE: A British lawmaker has compared the business ethics of some of Britain’s tabloids to a notorious Nazi concentration camp, Auschwitz.

THE FORUM: This comparison came at a Parliamentary hearing on newspaper excesses. Conservative Party lawmaker Zac Goldsmith said “immoral or unethical” businesses should either change or go out of business, adding, “No one said that Auschwitz should have been kept open because it created jobs.”

THE BIG PICTURE: As part of an inquiry into phone hacking by Britain’s tabloids, a Parliamentary committee is gathering evidence about the value of privacy laws and the use of legal gag orders that have been accused of stifling the media.