Controversial naked photos of Britain’s Prince Harry are available on the Internet, but after Rupert Murdoch‘s Sun newspaper published them on Friday, the Press Complaints Commission logged over 850 gripes. Murdoch responded – and launched what looks like a challenge to the Leveson Inquiry on UK media ethics – by defending the tabloid’s decision via Twitter. On Sunday, he tweeted: “Simple equation: free, open uncontrollable Internet versus shackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let’s get real.” In October, Lord Justice Brian Leveson will file what is expected to be a critical report from the inquiry and make suggestions for press regulation spurred on by the phone-hacking scandal at Murdoch’s UK newspaper division. Also on Sunday, Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who’s been criticized for his cozy relationship with James Murdoch’s office, told the BBC, “We can agree with what someone like Mr Murdoch does or you can disagree with it. But in the end that is not for politicians to tell editors what to publish.”
Simple equation:free, open uncontrollable Internet versusshackled newspapers equals no newspapers. Let’s get real.
— Rupert Murdoch(@rupertmurdoch) August 26, 2012