News International Phone-Hacking Scandal
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News International Phone-Hacking Scandal
The News International phone-hacking scandal is an ongoing controversy involving the 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. This eventually led to the closure of the newspaper after 168 years of publication
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THE STORY THAT DESTROYED A 168 YEAR OLD NEWSPAPER

THE STORY THAT DESTROYED A 168 YEAR OLD NEWSPAPER | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
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A straightforward illustration that reports some basic information about Murdoch's media empire News Corp and the timeline of the News of the World phone hacking scandal was defenitely needed in order to start analyszing this issue. How corrupted and fake the system of The News of The World was! Consider how journalists and editors claimed to be unaware of what was was going on and then look at the way they used to gain information and how all of this huster many innocent people. This is not just a matter of bribery and phone hacking. Here we are dealing with psychological torture!

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7/7 relatives 'hacked by paper'

7/7 relatives 'hacked by paper' | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Relatives of 7/7 bombing victims may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World, says a solicitor representing some of the families.
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I like the news-reporting style of BBC and how they remain pretty neutral on the matter they are discussing. Here the issue is critical and if I were the writer I would have probably used harsh words. Loosing your childres, mates, friends is a devastating pain. How can the NoW and the investigators engage in an activity that not only brings back the relatives of the victims to that tragic day, but also inflict them much more pain? Part of the ethics of a media company consist in respecting the privacy of people and avoiding causing them harm. Have they ever heard about ethical policies? Do they even have hints of personal integrity that prevent them from reaching the point up to which they not only break the law but delete any trace of virtue that they might have had?

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Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World

Missing Milly Dowler's voicemail was hacked by News of the World | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
• Deleted voicemails gave family false hope • Hacking interfered with police hunt • Family lawyer: actions 'heinous and despicable'
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"The messages were deleted by journalists in the first few days after Milly's disappearance in order to free up space for more messages. As a result friends and relatives of Milly concluded wrongly that she might still be alive. Police feared evidence may have been destroyed." This is just unconceivable. Is a scoop worth the life of a 13 years-old girl? Is it correct to delete some evidences in order to be able to collect new ones? Furthermore, is it ok to illegally look up for other scoops by giving false hopes to a desperate family? NO!

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News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne's mother

News of the World targeted phone of Sarah Payne's mother | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Exclusive: Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had personal details of murdered girl's mother
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"Friends of Payne have told the Guardian that she is "absolutely devastated and deeply disappointed" at the disclosure. Her cause had been championed by the News of the World, and in particular by its former editor, Rebekah Brooks. Believing that she had not been a target for hacking, Payne wrote a farewell column for the paper's final edition on 10 July, referring to its staff as "my good and trusted friends".

The evidence that police have found in Mulcaire's notes is believed to relate to a phone given to Payne by Brooks to help her stay in touch with her supporters." The phone was not given to her by Rebekah Brooks and she claims she did not know anything whatsoever. I believe that being the Chief Executive Officer of the newspaper she had to know what was going on and the way her colleagues were gathering sources for their tabloid.

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Rebekah Brooks admits to paying police

Rebekah Brooks (neé Wade) admitting to paying police for information, before Andy Coulson silences her. This was in front of a select committee in March, 200...
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Andy Coulson literally shut her up when she was about to disclose more on the fact that they did pay the police to gain information and they would have probably done the same again. Boom! Their credibility falls apart like a house of cards.

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Andy Coulson charged with perjury

Andy Coulson charged with perjury | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Former NoW editor charged over allegations of lying on oath when he gave evidence in court about phone hacking
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Jonathan Rees, "The NoW’s merchant of secrets"

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I really appreciated this piece by Nick Davies, journalist for the Guardian, who offers a very outspoken and detailed analysis of the "criminal career," the strategies, and the skills of Jonathan Rees, the man who brought the News of the World, the police, and many institutions to their knees.

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Video of Rupert & James Murdoch grilled over hacking scandal

Rupert and James Murdoch, Rebekah Brooks, as well as top police officials are giving evidence in the UK parliament over the unfolding hacking scandal. The na...
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Rupert is getting old and it seems like is natural heir is ready to take over him. They both claim that they were not aware of all the facts that occured before the trial. How is it possible that a media tycoon is not aware of all the skeletons in his umbrella companies' closet? I acknowledge he owns thousands of media platforms all around the world, but this controversy has been going on for a long time, and not being informed of the facts is not a credible excuse.

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A new manifesto for media ethics

A new manifesto for media ethics | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Jonathan Heawood: David Cameron has promised an investigation into media ethics. Here are 10 ideas to get him started – what would you add?
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Prime Minister David Cameron offers his point of view on the question concerning the backlashes on media ethics caused by the scandal. He drafted 10 point worth to be red that could be adopted by different media (newspapers, blogs, books) in order to maintain a sort of common ethical ground. I liked the fact he asked for suggestions in the last paragraph. Very ethical!

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Murdoch Media Empire: A Journalistic Travesty

Murdoch Media Empire: A Journalistic Travesty | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The scandal shaking Rupert Murdoch's media holdings in Britain could be expected of a global media empire intoxicated with power and lacking any ethical base.
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"Overarching it is a media machine built by Murdoch that is the most dishonest, unprincipled and corrupt of any media empire in the history of the English-speaking world (against stiff competition). And it is gargantuan, the largest media empire ever." Ok, professor Grossman thinks like me! Finally someone who takes a position and claims "Mr. Burns" is absolutely no saint!

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News of the World scandal wouldn't happen here

News of the World scandal wouldn't happen here | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
BRITAIN'S News of the World phone hacking scandal has forced the Australian media to examine the way it does business and to ask the question: could it happen here?
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Is the author completely insane?! How can he say that things like that would never happen in Australia if the parent company of the newspaper he works for is the same of NoW?

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News Corp.'s Tangled Web

News Corp.'s Tangled Web | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The phone hacking scandal's wide reach
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Here is another visual that shows the key people that were involved in the scandal, such as the victims of hacking, the ones who have been arrested, and the ones who have been called to testify. Since I decided to focus on the worst actions perpetrated by The News of The World, I thought that posting a detailed illustration of all the people, companies, and institutions involved in the scandal would have been better than leaving out the things I am not going to mention. At least I am discolsing my sources and my methods before going into deep in the analysis. They should have done the same!

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Dead soldiers' families 'hacked'

Dead soldiers' families 'hacked' | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Relatives of dead UK soldiers may have had their phones hacked by a News of the World investigator, the Daily Telegraph reports.
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"It is distressing for all the people who have been hacked, especially the people who are going through grief." Of course it is! And when Adrian Weale says that "If you do lose a relative in an operational situation it's a time of maximum anguish and grief and desolation, and the thought that a tabloid newspaper is poking around in one's private telephone calls and message for dirt to run stories is just unbelievable" he is not doing it because he wants money or whatever. He wants the order to be re-established. What is justice? What is right? What is fair?

"We are committed to addressing these issues fully and have taken a number of important steps to prevent them from happening again" Rupert Murdoch said. Dear Murdoch, you should have prevent this from happening at all!

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Phone hacking: families of war dead 'targeted' by News of the World - Telegraph

Phone hacking: families of war dead 'targeted' by News of the World - Telegraph | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The bereaved relatives of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan may have had their phones hacked by a private investigator working for the News of the World.
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"The disclosure that grieving relatives of war dead were targets for the newspaper prompted anger among military charities, who said it was a “disgusting and indefensible assault on privacy.” [...]

Police also confirmed that the families of 10-year-olds Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman, who were murdered by Ian Huntley in Soham in 2002, had been contacted by detectives in Operation Weeting, the Met’s investigation into phone hacking." I am disgusted.

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PHONE HACKING: 'We thought Milly Dowler was alive'

Bob and Sally Dowler tell the Leveson Inquiry that journalists at the News of the World gave them false hope after their daughter went missing. Report by Sam...
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The parents of Milly Dowler have been sadly affected by the phone hacking scandal, it is possible to see the agony and discomfort in their eyes. I keep on asking my self how is it possible to organize a business around corruption and privacy invasion? What were investigators thinking when they hacked the phone of that little girl? Were they looking for news or drama? As Hodges says, "if the victim does not want to talk to the news media, the journalist who insist on doing so places an adden burden on that victim"and this makes the journalist a violent person itself.

 

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Murdoch Tabloid Spied On Prince William

08.11.2011 Prince William Spied On By Murdoch Tabloid Click the link below to SUBSCRIBE to the 'News of the World Phone Hacking' YouTube channel @ http://www...
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To top all their crimes and the things they have messed up (as if these were not enough!) NoW got involved in royal phone hacking! God saved the Queen...But Prince William was rescued by the police!

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Glenn Mulcaire: In his own words, private detective at heart of phone-tapping scandal

Glenn Mulcaire: In his own words, private detective at heart of phone-tapping scandal | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The private investigator jailed in the News of the World phone tapping scandal, Glenn Mulcaire, planned to write a book which would allege that the hacking of voicemails took place with the knowledge of senior staff.
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Here we go back to drama, not news. "Look I have evidences I was paid by senior officers to hack the phone of the Price!... Ooops I included them in the book that I can't publish because I was paid by those same officers in order to not disclose compromising information!"

 

Is he serious?!?

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Clive Goodman arrested over police bribery allegations

Clive Goodman arrested over police bribery allegations | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
Former News of the World royal editor held in dawn raid at his home over allegations he bribed officers for information
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Apparently this guy can't get enough of screwing up his life with illegal practices. Are these people dumb? Retarded? Masochist? I really don't understand how a man who has already been convicted can "double" his criminal records by enaging in police bribery. NoW's employees really enjoy jumping out of the frying pan into the fire!

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News of the World shutting down amid scandal - BusinessWeek

News of the World shutting down amid scandal - BusinessWeek | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
News International James Murdoch says he's satisfied that embattled executive Rebekah Brooks had no knowledge of phone hacking while she was editor of the scandal-ridden News of the World.
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US reporters shrug at NoW scandal

US reporters shrug at NoW scandal | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
American Journalism Review editor Rem Rieder analyses the differences between American and British journalism, following the fall of the News of the World.
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The US start criticizing the UK phone hacking scandal, forgetting that they had a major hacking scandal too and that plagiarism and fabrication happens on a daily basis. To re-balance the situation, the editor of the American Journalism Review offers his critical take on the issue. And it is very successful, in my opinion. By the way, Murdoch's news outlets are much more criticized in the Us than in the UK, think about FOX News and the New York Post!

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Phone hacking: David Cameron announces terms of phone-hacking inquiry - Telegraph

Phone hacking: David Cameron announces terms of phone-hacking inquiry - Telegraph | News International Phone-Hacking Scandal | Scoop.it
The independent inquiry into phone hacking will have the power to summon newspaper proprietors, journalists, police and politicians to give evidence under oath and in public, Prime Minister David Cameron said today.
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"Mr Cameron said Lord Leveson will deliver recommendations for "a new, more effective way of regulating the press - one that supports their freedom, plurality and independence from government but which also demands the highest ethical and professional standards" as well as recommendations about the future conduct of relations between politicians and the press." I believe there is no need for new regulations. Re-inforcing the existing ones and making them more effective would be much better and less expensive.

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