Hacked: The Tabloid Scandal That Rocked Britain by The New York Times

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This book, that includes articles from the files of the recent York occasions, recounts Britain’s mobile hacking scandal, which all started in 2006-2007 whilst a reporter and a personal investigator affiliated with information of the realm, a tabloid owned through Rupert Murdoch’s information company, have been convicted of intercepting voicemail messages of the royal loved ones. The newspaper used to be quickly accused of hacking mobilephone messages of public officers and celebrities like Hugh supply and Jude legislation. The scandal escalated right into a firestorm via July 2011 whilst it got here to gentle that the tabloid had hacked the phone of a lacking lady, Milly Dowler, who was once later chanced on murdered.
The scandal raised extra public outrage whilst it laid naked the comfortable relationships among Murdoch’s press, Scotland backyard and Britain’s political elite, together with major Minister David Cameron, who had employed Andy Coulson, a former editor on the tabloid on the time of the hacking. Cameron additionally seemed to be socially hooked up with Rebekah Brooks, one other former Murdoch editor through the mobilephone tapping. Coulson and Brooks surrender their jobs and denied wisdom of any wrongdoing, as did Murdoch. within the wake of the scandal and a number of other executive inquiries, greater than ninety humans have been arrested, together with Coulson and Brooks (Coulson was once convicted; Brooks used to be acquitted). whereas Murdoch’s corporation took a nosedive following the scandal, it has survived principally unscathed, even though investigations are nonetheless carrying on with on either side of the Atlantic.

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Coulson “totally and utterly” denied knowing about phone hacking while he served as editor. Alan Duncan, the international development minister, appeared on television on Saturday night on behalf of the government, accusing the Labour Party of acting for purely political reasons. Speaking of senior Labour leaders who have called for a new investigation, Mr. ” Meanwhile, The News of the World denied the Times’s allegations and accused it of publishing the magazine article in an effort to discredit a newspaper belonging to a “rival group” — that is, the media empire of Rupert Murdoch.

Lord Prescott, a Labour politician who was the deputy prime minister under Tony Blair and who has been named as one of hundreds of people whose phones may have been hacked, said the police had never provided him with a sufficient explanation of what happened. “I have been far from satisfied with the Metropolitan Police’s procedure in dealing with my requests to uncover the truth about this case,” Lord Prescott told The Observer newspaper. It was only after “repeated requests,” he said, that he learned that he might have been a victim of phone hacking.

Coulson, who was appointed editor of The News of the World in 2003, said that he had no knowledge of the hacking and that it was an isolated case, but resigned from the paper in January 2007 nonetheless. Last year, The Guardian newspaper printed an article saying that hundreds of people might have been singled out by The News of the World and providing details about some of them, including Gordon Taylor, former chief executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, who reached a settlement of £700,000 with The News of the World over the hacking of his cellphone.

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