London: Relatives of a murdered British schoolgirl have demanded the resignation of News International Chief Executive Rebekah Brooks over the phone-hacking scandal, insisting that she should take responsibility for what happened during her reign.
The raging scandal over the hacking of Milly Dowler's phone and allegations that terror victims and fallen troops may also have been targeted forced the News of the World, Britain's best-selling 168-year-old newspaper to close up shop yesterday. But Brooks has remained in her position.
Brooks was News of the World editor when 13-year-old Milly's phone was allegedly hacked after her abduction in 2002.
Brooks should resign, Dowler family lawyer Mark Lewis said today.
"She should do the honorable thing," Lewis said. "She was editor at the time Milly was taken. She should take editorial responsibility" for the actions of her journalists, Lewis was quoted as saying by news reports.
In 2003, Brooks told the Commons culture committee that the Milly Dowler case was an example of how her tabloid handled stories sensitively and respected the wishes of grieving parents.
The News of the World published its final edition this weekend in which it said it was "truly sorry" for its actions.