News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal
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Background information, explanation, and commentary on the News of the World Phone Hacking Scandals. A timeline of the discovery that Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers hacked into the phones of politicians, celebrities and even child murder victims, and the consequences of the scandal, including shutting down The News of the World.
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News of the World - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The News of the World was a national red top newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011. It was at one time the biggest selling English language newspaper in the world, and at closure still had one of the highest English language circulations.[4] Originally established as a broadsheet by John Browne Bell, the Bells sold to Henry Lascelles Carr in 1891; in 1969 it was bought from the Carrs by Rupert Murdoch's media firm News Limited. Reorganised into News International, itself a subsidiary of News Corporation, it was transformed into a tabloid in 1984 and became the Sunday sister paper of The Sun. The newspaper concentrated on celebrity-based scoops and populist news. Its fondness for sex scandals gained it the nicknames News of the Screws and Screws of the World.[5] It had a reputation for exposing national or local celebrities as drug users, sexual peccadilloes, or criminals, setting up insiders and journalists in disguise to provide either video or photographic evidence, and phone hacking in ongoing police investigations.[6][7] Sales averaged 2,812,005 copies per week in October 2010.[8]

From 2006, allegations of phone hacking began to engulf the newspaper. These culminated in the revelation on 4 July 2011 that, nearly a decade earlier, a private investigator hired by the newspaper had intercepted and deleted the voicemail of missing British teenager Milly Dowler, who was later found murdered. A Scotland Yard spokesperson later admitted at the Leveson Inquiry that it had not been a private investigator who had deleted Dowler's voicemail.

Amid a public backlash and the withdrawal of advertising, News International announced the closure of the newspaper on 7 July 2011.[7][9] The scandal deepened when the paper was alleged to have hacked into the phones of families of British service personnel killed in action. Senior figures on the newspaper have been held for questioning by police investigating the phone hacking and corruption allegations. Arrested on 8 July 2011 were former editor Andy Coulson and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman, the latter jailed for phone hacking in 2007. The former executive editor Neil Wallis was arrested on 15 July 2011 and former editor Rebekah Brooks, the tenth person held in custody, on 17 July 2011.

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Background information on the News of the World as a publication and a short description of the phone hacking scandal that led to its shutting down in July 2011.

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Q&A: Phone-hacking scandal

Q&A: Phone-hacking scandal | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The row over phone-hacking by journalists has led to the closure of the News of the World, the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry into media practices and launch of three police investigations. Here's a look at the key questions it poses.
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Phone hacking: timeline of the scandal - Telegraph

Phone hacking: timeline of the scandal - Telegraph | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The key events in the phone hacking scandal, which has led to the closure of the News of the World, halted Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB takeover bid, and prompted the arrest of several key figures.
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Profile: Rebekah Brooks

Profile: Rebekah Brooks | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Edward Stourton profiles the former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, and asks how she became one of the most powerful women in the British media.
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In depth description and analysis of Rebekah Brooks, ex News International chief executive and editor of The News of The World and The Sun, and her charges in the phone hacking scandal. 

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News of the World phone hacking scandal: the alleged victims

News of the World phone hacking scandal: the alleged victims | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it

Police have warned many ordinary victims of tragedy that their phones could have been hacked by News of the World operative.


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Descriptions of 

- Milly Dowler, child who vanished while walking home from school in 2002 

- Kevin and Nicola Wells, Parents of Holly Wells 

-Leslie and Sharon Chapman, Parents of Jessica Chapman

-Graham Foulkes, father of victim in London Attacks on July 7, 2005  

-Sean Cassidy, Father of vitim in London Attacks on July 7, 2005 

-Paul Dadge, Hero of July 7 London Attacks 

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Soham murders: Timeline

Soham murders: Timeline | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
This is a timeline of events following the
disappearances of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman
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Overview of the disappearance and murders of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman's. The girls disappeared after leaving a family barbeque on Sunday August 4, 2002. On August 17 police confirm that two bodies have been found in Suffolk. Ian Huntley is found guilty with the murders of both Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman on December 17, 2003 and sentenced to two terms of life imprisonment. Maxine Carr, Huntley's girlfriend, is found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justic and was sentenced three and a half years in jail.   

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Phone hacking victims could number 4,000, says senior detective

Phone hacking victims could number 4,000, says senior detective | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Police officer in charge of News of the World investigation says thousands of possible victims are being contacted 'as quickly as possible'
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News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal Flowchart

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A creative and clear way to show who are at the center of the scandal, suing The News of the World, and confirmed victims, those considering legal action and seeking judicial review, and cases already settled.  

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Murdochs Express 'Great Regret' Over Phone Hacking

Murdochs Express 'Great Regret' Over Phone Hacking | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Channel 4: Rupert Murdoch and his son James have apologized for the phone-hacking scandal while giving evidence to MPs
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News of the World phone hacking affair

News of the World phone hacking affair | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
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The Facebook page on News of the Wold phone hacking scandal which has a brief overview from  Wikipedia as well as related pages including News of the World, Rebekah Brooks, The Guardian, Andy Coulson, Sky Andrew, and more. The page itself has 200 likes. 

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Click here to stop Murdoch!

Click here to stop Murdoch! | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
I just signed an Avaaz petition urging Cameron and Hunt to stand up to Rupert Murdoch by ensuring regulators test if Murdoch is 'fit and proper' to own TV stations. Let's stop him taking over BSKyB. Click to add your voice!
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TAKE ACTION! Here is a way to get involved. By signing this petition you can help stop Murdoch's bid on BskyB.

 

Update: 93,770 people signed this petition. After seven months of capaigning, Murdoch was forced to abandon his bid for BskyB, which would have been the biggest deal of his career. We won. 

 

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News International phone hacking scandal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The News International phone-hacking scandal — dubbed "Hackgate", "Rupertgate", or "Murdochgate" by the press — is an ongoing controversy involving the now defunct News of the World and other British newspapers published by News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation. Employees of the newspaper were accused of engaging in phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of publishing stories. Investigations conducted from 2005 to 2007 concluded that the paper's phone hacking activities were limited to celebrities, politicians and members of the British Royal Family. In July 2011, it was revealed that the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, relatives of deceased British soldiers, and victims of the 7/7 London bombings were also accessed, resulting in a public outcry against News Corporation and owner Rupert Murdoch. Advertiser boycotts contributed to the closure of the News of the World on 10 July, ending 168 years of publication.[1] Continued public pressure later forced News Corporation to cancel its proposed takeover of the British telecommunications company BSkyB.

British prime minister David Cameron announced on 6 July 2011 that a public inquiry would look into the affair after police investigations had ended. On 13 July 2011, Cameron named Lord Justice Leveson as chairman of the inquiry, with a remit to look into phone hacking and police bribery by the News of the World, while a separate inquiry would consider the culture and ethics of the wider British media.[2] He also said the Press Complaints Commission would be replaced "entirely".[1] The inquiries led to several high-profile resignations, including Dow Jones chief executive Les Hinton; News International legal manager Tom Crone; and chief executive Rebekah Brooks. The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service, Sir Paul Stephenson, also resigned his post. Former News of the World managing editor Andy Coulson, former executive editor Neil Wallis, and Brooks were all arrested. Murdoch and his son, James, were summoned to give evidence before the Leveson Inquiry.

The negative attention garnered by the scandal eventually reached the United States, where News Corporation is headquartered and operates multiple media outlets. The Federal Bureau of Investigation launched a probe on 14 July 2011, to determine whether News Corporation accessed voicemails of victims of the 9/11 attacks. On 15 July, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced an additional investigation by the Department of Justice, looking into whether the company had violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

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Phone-hacking scandal: Timeline

Phone-hacking scandal: Timeline | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Follow events in the phone-hacking scandal that led to the closure of the News of the World newspaper.
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Who Is Who in the British Tabloid Scandal

Who Is Who in the British Tabloid Scandal | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Key individuals involved in the News of the World phone hacking scandal.
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Descriptions of:

-Rupert Murdoch, Chairman of News Corporation 

-James Murdoch, Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation

- Rebekah Brooks, Former News International cheif exectuive and editor of The News of the World and The Sun

- Andy Coulson, former editor of The News of the World from 2003-7 

-Les Hinton, Exectuive chairman of News International 

-Tom Crone, Former Legal manager of The News of the World 

-Colin Myler, editor of The News of the World from 2007-11 when it was closed 

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This article lays out who was involved in the scandal and when they were. It makes it much easier to follow other news stories.
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Milly Dowler's phone was 'hacked by News of The World'

Milly Dowler's phone was 'hacked by News of The World' | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it

A private detective working for the News of the World is accused of hacking into Milly Dowler's voicemail after she went missing, a lawyer for the murdered schoolgirl's parents said today.


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US to probe phone hacking of 9/11 families

US to probe phone hacking of 9/11 families | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it

Families of 9/11 victims have been told by the US Attorney General he is "deeply
disturbed" that journalists may have hacked their phones. (Evidence of #Murdoch hacks listening to #911 victims?
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The phone hackings by The News of the World were not only targeted at British victims, but a slew of people around the world. Families of the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City were also victims to the heinous activities by the publications.

 

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Families Of Killed Soldiers "Were Phone Hacking Victims"

Families Of Killed Soldiers "Were Phone Hacking Victims" | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it

Further arrests are expected over phone-hacking claims within days - as it emerges relatives of killed soldiers could have been targeted, reports Sky News


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News of the World to close following phone-hacking scandal: James Murdoch's statement in full - Telegraph

News of the World to close following phone-hacking scandal: James Murdoch's statement in full - Telegraph | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
James Murdoch, the chairman of News International, has said in a statement that Sunday's issue of the News of the World is to be the last one. Here is that statement in full.
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At London Inquiry, Rupert Murdoch Apologizes Over Hacking Scandal

At London Inquiry, Rupert Murdoch Apologizes Over Hacking Scandal | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
On the witness stand, Rupert Murdoch, the chief of News Corporation, said he failed to take measures to avert a hacking scandal.
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Jail Murdoch (StopThaStink) on Twitter

Jail Murdoch (StopThaStink) on Twitter | News of the World Phone Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The latest from Jail Murdoch (@StopThaStink). 108 arrests around @RupertMurdoch's #NewsCorp - for phone & online #hacking, #conspiracy to pervert course of justice & police #corruption - more charges 2 come.
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A twitter account devoted to tweeting stories and links surrounding The News of the World phone hacking scandal and criticizing Murdoch's role in the illegal activity. 

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