TV News LIES

Wednesday, Jul 29th

Last update03:51:21 AM GMT

You are here News Journalism & Media Could Murdoch’s 'News Of the World' Hacking Scandal Happen in the US?

Could Murdoch’s 'News Of the World' Hacking Scandal Happen in the US?

E-mail Print PDF

Could hacking scandal happen here?In America, we hold some truths to be self-evident: our news should report facts, and our personal communications should be private. Given the scandal rocking Britain over Rupert Murdoch’s tabloid paper News of the World and his huge influence over US media, both of these notions could be in jeopardy.

James Murdoch announced today that amidst a growing furor, News of the World will cease publication on Sunday. Far from resolving the problem, this radical step raises the question of just how deep this scandal goes. The Murdoch-owned paper The Sun has faced similar allegations of phone hacking this year, and no investigation has yet been conducted to see if similar abuses occurred at Murdoch-owned papers here in the United States.

For years now, Murdoch’s News of the World has been trying to tamp down the widening scandal involving its reporters who violated the privacy of celebrities, politicians and members of the royal family by hacking into their voicemails in search of juicy stories.

The scandal finally boiled over this week, as the Guardian reported that they had sunk much lower: after 13-year-old Milly Dowler was abducted on her way home from school in 2002, News of the World hacked into her phone, listened to her voicemails and deleted several messages—apparently to free more space for Milly’s friends and family to leave new messages the paper could listen in on.

This led both the police and Milly’s family to believe Milly was still alive and clearing her messages, which not only impeded the authorities’ search for her abductor but also gave Milly’s parents false hope that their daughter was still alive and would come home safely. Her remains were found six months later.

These revelations have rocked Britain. Prime Minister David Cameron called them “shocking.” Labour party leader Ed Miliband has called for Rebekah Brooks, former News of the World editor and now one of Murdoch’s top lieutenants, to resign.

More...


Most Recent Related Stories...


35 women who accused Cosby of sexual assault appear on 'New York' cover

New Yorker coverThe latest cover of New York magazine features a black and white image of 35 women...

Egypt amends anti-terrorism law, eliminates jail time for journalists

Al-SisiEgypt's cabinet has amended a draft law so that journalists would be fined, rather than jailed,...

The First Woman To Anchor A Network Evening Newscast Dies At 84

Marlene SandersMarlene Sanders, a veteran television journalist for ABC and CBS News at a time when relatively...

Why Did ‘Frontline’ Kill Lowell Bergman’s Gambling Documentary?

Macau gambling documentaryecriminations and accusations are flying after the PBS series shelved veteran reporter Lowell Bergman’s documentary about...
 
America's # 1 Enemy
Tee Shirt
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
TVNL Tee Shirt
 
TVNL TOTE BAG
Conserve our Planet
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
Get your 9/11 & Media
Deception Dollars
& Help Support TvNewsLIES.org!
 
The Loaded Deck
The First & the Best!
The Media & Bush Admin Exposed!