(Image Source: The Telegraph)

BY STEVEN HSIEH

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


More shocking revelations in News of the World’s phone hacking scandal. First, reports the British tabloid hacked the voicemail of murdered teen Milly Dowler. Then, the phones of the family of the Soham schoolgirls, who were murdered in 2002.Next, Scotland Yard contacted relatives of victims of the July 7 bombing to inform them they were also targeted.

Many media outlets wonder -- where will it end? British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an inquiry into the tabloid, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, but not until a police investigation is finished. A writer for The Daily Mail says - everyone’s going to get some dirt on them with this one.

“The police, sadly, come out of this terribly. Afraid of upsetting a powerful newspaper group … they botched their first hacking investigation and cursorily refused a second one when further evidence was produced … Nor do the politicians, who for years have unashamedly courted Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, emerge with any credit.”

The writer also points out - Mr. Cameron has a close friendship with Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of News of the World at the time of the alleged hacking.  

Now Managing Editor of parent company News International – Brooks denies any involvement, refuses to step down, and is calling for a quote- ‘vigorous investigation’ into the allegations.  A writer for the London Evening Standard says -- that’s absurd.

“…she sought to bolster her own innocence by casting herself as a sort of witchfinder general to root out the evildoer… [as] the News International director of corporate affairs, Simon Greenberg, toured the TV stations to reinforce her initiative, the absurdity of her holding a ‘vigorous’ investigation into herself became increasingly untenable.”

Worse -- News of the World’s hired hacker Glenn Mulcaire says he was just following orders. He released an apologetic statement, explaining...

"Working for the News of the World was never easy. There was relentless pressure… There was a constant demand for results. I knew what we did pushed the limits ethically. But, at the time, I didn't understand that I had broken the law at all.” (The Telegraph)

Meanwhile, social media campaigns are calling for an advertisers boycott of the tabloid.  

“Brands are making decisions on an hour-by-hour basis.   So, the first major one was Ford, which actually said it would pull its advertising until the investigation has run its course.  We have numerous brands, big brands who are going to say that they are now reviewing their position.” (Sky News)

Finally, one phone hacking victim – actor Hugh Grant – says this problem extends beyond News of the World.  He claims it’s an industry practice..

“I bugged back a man from the News of the World who had phone hacked me… One of the many interesting things he told me, which I wrote up in a article for a British magazine called the New Statesmen, which anyone can read online, is that it was in fact all the tabloid newspapers were very enthusiastic phone hackers.” (CBS)

Stay tuned to Newsy for more updates on News of the World and the phone-hacking scandal.
 

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News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal: The Latest

(Image Source: The Telegraph)

BY STEVEN HSIEH

ANCHOR MEGAN MURPHY


More shocking revelations in News of the World’s phone hacking scandal. First, reports the British tabloid hacked the voicemail of murdered teen Milly Dowler. Then, the phones of the family of the Soham schoolgirls, who were murdered in 2002.Next, Scotland Yard contacted relatives of victims of the July 7 bombing to inform them they were also targeted.

Many media outlets wonder -- where will it end? British Prime Minister David Cameron has called for an inquiry into the tabloid, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, but not until a police investigation is finished. A writer for The Daily Mail says - everyone’s going to get some dirt on them with this one.

“The police, sadly, come out of this terribly. Afraid of upsetting a powerful newspaper group … they botched their first hacking investigation and cursorily refused a second one when further evidence was produced … Nor do the politicians, who for years have unashamedly courted Rupert Murdoch's newspapers, emerge with any credit.”

The writer also points out - Mr. Cameron has a close friendship with Rebekah Brooks, who was editor of News of the World at the time of the alleged hacking.  

Now Managing Editor of parent company News International – Brooks denies any involvement, refuses to step down, and is calling for a quote- ‘vigorous investigation’ into the allegations.  A writer for the London Evening Standard says -- that’s absurd.

“…she sought to bolster her own innocence by casting herself as a sort of witchfinder general to root out the evildoer… [as] the News International director of corporate affairs, Simon Greenberg, toured the TV stations to reinforce her initiative, the absurdity of her holding a ‘vigorous’ investigation into herself became increasingly untenable.”

Worse -- News of the World’s hired hacker Glenn Mulcaire says he was just following orders. He released an apologetic statement, explaining...

"Working for the News of the World was never easy. There was relentless pressure… There was a constant demand for results. I knew what we did pushed the limits ethically. But, at the time, I didn't understand that I had broken the law at all.” (The Telegraph)

Meanwhile, social media campaigns are calling for an advertisers boycott of the tabloid.  

“Brands are making decisions on an hour-by-hour basis.   So, the first major one was Ford, which actually said it would pull its advertising until the investigation has run its course.  We have numerous brands, big brands who are going to say that they are now reviewing their position.” (Sky News)

Finally, one phone hacking victim – actor Hugh Grant – says this problem extends beyond News of the World.  He claims it’s an industry practice..

“I bugged back a man from the News of the World who had phone hacked me… One of the many interesting things he told me, which I wrote up in a article for a British magazine called the New Statesmen, which anyone can read online, is that it was in fact all the tabloid newspapers were very enthusiastic phone hackers.” (CBS)

Stay tuned to Newsy for more updates on News of the World and the phone-hacking scandal.
 

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