The News of the World (NoW) is Britain's largest selling newspaper.
Every Sunday NoW publishes details of which celebrities are being naughty with people that they are not married to, and in some cases people become celebrities themselves because they have had naughty relationships with enough sportsmen to be able to field their own team -with reserves!
Clergy who are too close to a parishioner are a regular staple.
Major crime stories are of course hugely interesting, and NoW often carries more revealing stories than the other tabloids.
It turns out that NoW hired a private detective to hack into voicemail messages on telephones, incuding the telephones of murder victims, their mothers, the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, Royalty, sports people, celebritiies, politicians, and even their lawyers. This has been going on for at least 9 years.
Murdoch owns the NoW and is now saying he does not support these activities, did not know they were going on, and is appalled. The fact that two of his journalists went to prison 4 years ago for this, and NoW is set to pay out over £1,000,000 in damages did not disturb Murdoch particularly.Companies are withdrawing advertising from NoW, so his concern is now triggered.
A model to admire!
We already have a thread on this.
The post to which pscheskinner links is an extremely good read. Although it starts with the News of the World and Murdoch it deals heavily with sex crime and priests and Ireland.
I want to discuss Murdoch and phonetapping.
Murdoch: NoW to close after Sunday
http://uk.news.yahoo.com/murdoch-now-cl … 19357.html
Frogdropping shared that..
they should pay for it according to Tom Watson, MP Labour
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/uknews/ … atson.html
Just yesterday, Murdoch was defending the paper and the editor and called the allegations "disgusting". Now he's shutting it down. I'm guessing when he delved deeper into what actually happened he found the allegations were true, and the only way to save face and prevent the advertiser boycotts from spreading into other parts of his empire was to shut down the newspaper.
Powerful man that Rupert Murdoch.
But there's always an achilles heel, no matter how big your boots get.
I hope this does (at least) some damage. He deserves it.
The News of the World has just announced that next Sunday will be the last edition printed. The advertisers have left in droves and the scandal just seems to be getting deeper a deeper
There are even allegations of reporters bribing corrupt police and the story that seems to have most choked the nation is that of poor Milly Dowler's phone being hacked after she went missing, and some of the her messages being erased, which led her parents to believe that she might still be alive.
"Mulcaire is now accused of hacking Milly Dowler’s phone."...
"Although Mulcaire had details of 91 phone PIN codes and nearly 3,000 phone numbers at his home, the Metropolitan Police in 2007 somehow managed to identify only “8 to 12” possible victims."
I think that this one is going to rumble on for years, and that we will all be horrified about exactly how deep the telephone hacking went. They reckon that News International is already up for a £120 million compensation bill.
You just have to wonder whether any of our other British newspapers are at it, and quite why they feel they have to inflict a Sunday edition of the 'Sun' on us
They knew what they were doing. Each and everyone that's involved is now performing the usual damage limitation that goes hand in hand with this type of event.
I wish they'd stop wasting print/breath/time protesting their innocence.
One powerful message behind this is the handing over of power from Murdoch and his cronies in Government and the Police, to a new army of social networkers.
I really believe that this year has seen a turning point in people power.
Don't like something? Blog about it. If 100,000 people join in - things can happen.
That's why the advertisers pulled out, and that is why the paper closed. The lowly blogger, who doesn't have a journalism job or a political post to cling onto - can speak the truth for the people.
Sorry, if I sound a bit up myself. I have barely started.
Power to the People!
So long as the powers that be don't steal the Internet.
Mr Murdoch said Mrs Brooks' leadership right now was "crucial".
"I am satisfied that Rebekah [and] her leadership of this business and her standard of ethics and her standard of conduct throughout her career are very good."
Notice that James Murdoch said 'very good'. That's an awful long way from saying ' ... her standard of ethics and her standard of conduct thoughout her career have always been excellent'
Seven Day Sun, all part of the bigger plan. Rebekah stays, Murdoch takes over the world.
*sighs* Old news Mark.
Murdoch's taken over the world. It's just that his people are creating a few ripples in his otherwise (murky) pond.
Have you seen his wife?
by theirishobserver.5 years ago
Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation will close the News of the World after this Sunday's edition, as a result of an escalating phone hacking scandal, his son James Murdoch said today."The News of the...
by Mark Ewbie5 years ago
Just in case you miss this in America, maybe the New York Times or Fox don't want to run with it - they are both Murdoch owned I think?In the UK, journalists and a phone hacker used by one at least of Murdochs rags have...
by Jo_Goldsmith115 years ago
Do you feel that Mr. Murdoch and his son James should face jail time for allowing their employees listen in on other people? How much time do you think they should get? I personally feel the whole business should be...
by Ralph Deeds5 years ago
Rebekah Brooks, Murdoch's head person in UK arrested in hacking scandal.http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/18/world … ng.html?hpTop Murdoch aides resign--Rebekah Brooks and Lee Hinton, WSJ...
by A Texan7 years ago
He is ignoring the most watched cable news in the world for scrubs, why?
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