Hugh Grant urging David Cameron to expand phone-hacking inquiry

Updated: Jul 13, 2011, 18:01 PM IST

London: Actor Hugh Grant has called on British Prime Minister David Cameron to ‘be a statesman’ and expand the official inquiry into the hacking scandal to examine the ‘grotesque’ power that newspaper bosses hold over politicians.

But the ‘Notting Hill’ star admits that despite the furore around the allegations of widespread hacking by News International journalists, he`s "panicking" that U.K. authorities will conspire to "make this inquiry insufficient".

"I`m panicking that despite all the revelations coming out thick and fast, the government, with their history of collusion and obedience to (News of the World publisher) News International, will find a way to make this inquiry insufficient and kick it into the long grass,” Contactmusic quoted him as telling the Guardian.

“There has been a grotesque power over our lawmakers."

Now the actor is challenging Cameron to demand a thorough review of the entire industry, adding: "This is a watershed moment for David Cameron and his government. He can either continue to be (media mogul Rupert) Murdoch``s little helper or he can be a statesman.

“If it`s the latter, he needs to announce a wider inquiry. It must cover the press, police and politicians,” he added.

ANI