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gezsweet 07-07-2011 12:32 PM

Rupery Murdoch forced to shut down newspaper
Not sure if this has gained any attention where you guys are, but in the UK, one of Rupert Murdoch's national newspapers, the News of the World, has been at the middle of an epic scandal in recent weeks involving phone hacking.

Previously, the hacking was claimed to have been the work of 1 'rogue' journalist who hired a private investigator to hack into the mobile phones of the royal family. Both were investigated and jailed a few years ago. The story has never really gone away and only got worse with various celebrities understood to have been victims of hacking. Many of them susbsequently took legal action of their own (disappointingly, a number allowed their silence to be bought).

The scandal then unveiled corrupt practices between the newspaper, the Metropolitan Police and Scotland Yard, with police officers being paid bribes for information which then featured in a number of articles. Some officers and detectives enjoyed a very cosy relationship and went on to acquire lucrative work for the paper or it's affiliates.

But now deplorable levels have truly been reached. The murdered teenager Milly Dowler had her phone hacked, messages accessed and then deleted to free up space for more messages. This was during the period after her disappearance when a national hunt was underway to locate her. That the messages had been accessed gave false hope to her family that she was still alive when in fact it later transpired she had been abducted, murdered and disposed of by that point by a serial killer.

The families of the victims in the 7/7 attacks were also hacked. The families of the the Soham girls who were abducted, abused and murdered by a paedophile working as a janitor at their school were also hacked in the aftermath.

And now the widow's of soldier's killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are believed to have been hacked as well as the email account of one of the soldier's who died. 4,000 people are understood to have been victims.

The scandal has provoked a great deal of anger at the News of the World with a number of companies withdrawing or suspending advertising. Rebekah Brooks, who was editor at the time of the hacking, and is now chief executive at News International is refusing to resign.

So this afternoon, the Murdochs took the step of shutting down the newspaper. This Sunday's edition will be the last of what is one of the biggest and most profitable tabloids in the UK... I may also add it was one of the biggest piles of crap on the market.

All of the staff were understandably furious and allegedly formed a lynch mob in anger at Brooks.

James Murdoch's statement:


Snowfox 07-07-2011 01:35 PM

I am ok with this.

Flick Montana 07-08-2011 08:55 AM

It's really absurd what they did. Hacking voicemails of 4,000 people? This is supposed to be journalism. It just goes to show you that there is no integrity within any of Murdoch's business. From Fox News to his print work, it's all about money to him. Nothing could be further from actual journalism.

gezsweet 07-09-2011 10:52 AM

Indeed. Accordinging to the Guardian, a senior NI executive deleted millions of emails as soon as the police re-opened their investigation earlier this year. The police know the identity of the executive in question and are exploring that aspect.

guardian linky

Rebekah Brooks has said that the worst is yet to come, so it would appear more revelations are due.

As for the Murdochs, well, their bid to buy out the remaning share of BskyB is in serious doubt with the networks regulator, Ofcom, indicating that pending the outcome of the police investigations they may undertake a 'fit and proper' test that would determine whether News International are capable of properly running the satellite company.

The US Justice Department may also be looking at bringing a criminal prosecution of their own against James Murdoch following his statement a few days ago


I hope this proceeds too.

Deviant 07-19-2011 12:21 AM

Just read this on CNN..


Murdoch's Sun newspaper hacked by LulzSec - Jul. 18, 2011

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- The News Corp. phone-hacking scandal took another dramatic twist Monday when the publishing empire got a taste of its own medicine: Hackers seized control of the website of The Sun, the sister publication of the recently shuttered News of the World.

The website briefly displayed a fake news story announcing that News Corp. CEO Rupert Murdoch had been found dead. Soon after, the site began redirecting to the @LulzSec Twitter feed of Lulz Security, a hacker collective that has breached the websites of Sony, PBS and the U.S. Senate, among others. Late last month, the group said it was disbanding, but it seems to have been lured out of retirement for the operation it dubbed #MurdochMeltdownMonday.


The FBI is now also getting involved, considering a probe into the news organization amid allegations that Sept. 11 survivors, victims and their families had their voicemails hacked as well.

PaoloSmythe 07-19-2011 10:53 AM

i love the irony that 'intelligence' agencies such as the FBI have been spurred into action due to these crimes against privacy.... although presumably to learn more about tried and tested methods of 'data collection'?

i also love the second coming of Gez!

InfiniteEclipse 07-19-2011 03:07 PM

gezsweet 07-19-2011 03:54 PM

Hello Paolo. Good to see ya! How's Canada treating you?

Quite the day today. The whistleblower, former NOTW journalist Sean Hoare, was found dead at his home in the early hours. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and Assistant Commissioner John Yates both resigned just hours before that.

The Murdoch's under oath before the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee. Neither coming out too positively imo. Rupert gave the perception of being completely out of touch with his own organisation. They clearly paid Glenn Mulcaire's fees (the hacker/private investigator) as their reaction to that line of questioning said it all. Rebekah Brooks fared better but claimed to have no knowledge of how her team of journalists got their information.

Can't understand how the committee came to be led by Keith Vaz, given his previous.

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