London: Hugh Grant has condemned the police for using Official Secrets Act to force journalists into disclosing their confidential sources over the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
The British actor said Scotland Yard’s decision to use the Act against The Guardian newspaper was “worrying and deeply mysterious”.
Grant, who has been a high-profile critic of invasions of privacy by the press, also suggested that the Tories might be using the Leveson Inquiry into media standards to “bash the BBC”.
Grant praised Labour MP Tom Watson’s cross-examination of Rupert and James Murdoch and other News International figures, but expressed “slight disappointment” with the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee’s performance in general.
“It is a very worrying, upsetting development,” the Telegraph quoted him as saying.
“Generally speaking in this I had come to the view, a lot of us victims had come to the view, that this new police investigation Weeting... were good cops.
“So for them to suddenly turn on their fellow ‘goodies’ in this battle is worrying and deeply mysterious,” he added.