Journalism

Jul 6, 2011

NotW hacking scandal embroils murdered
children

Crikey media wrap: After months of phone hacking scandals at the Murdoch-owned UK tabloid News of the World, revelations that the voicemail of a missing 13-year-old girl was hacked tipped the debacle into a public war.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

After months of phone hacking scandals at the Murdoch-owned UK tabloid News of the World, what tipped this from a scandal that failed to engage the public into a war that has the British people baying for blood? Revelations that the voicemail of a missing 13-year-old girl was hacked, giving her parents hope that she was alive — as voicemail messages had been deleted after she went missing — and interfering with police investigations.

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children

  1. The_roth

    Very impressive I think we should get this Newspaper proprietor to create our electronic public face to Asia!

  2. John Ryan

    Funny the total silence from NEWS LTD press on this in OZ,and the usual right wing idiots who turn up defending Murdoch on here wonder if Juioner could end up in Jail with Dad.
    Now would not that be an interesting way for it to pan out,is NEWS LTD a criminal organization that’s an even better question

  3. SusieQ

    What is really interesting is the advertisers, rushing to withdraw their advertising dollars from this appalling newspaper. One also wonders if sales of the rag will be affected?

  4. FunkyJ

    It’s clear the Government, by hiring and protecting Colson, is implicit in illegal dealings.

    Shouldn’t the Queen get involved in this?

    I know if I were her, I’d sack the government and take control of all News Limited papers. Then again, if I were here, I’d have executed Murdoch for Treason years ago.

  5. Son of foro

    Reverse the roles and imagine how News Ltd papers would behave if, just for argument’s sake, a Labor government hacked the phone of a missing 13-year-old girl.

    Now compare this with the current considered response from the British government and ask yourself about power in the West.

    It is now beyond doubt that you cannot overstate the threat Rupert Murdoch presents to our democracy.

  6. Stephen

    There is a particular local significance in this story.

    Readers closer to the front of the class will recall that our government has just pulled the $220m Australia Network tender, due to ‘turmoil in the Middle East’. Which tender, so we are led to believe, might have been heading for good old Rupert in preference to good old Aunty.

    I’m not suggesting that the odour around News Ltd was the real reason for the government’s decision. But the intervention is starting to look wittier each day. Especially as Cameron hurriedly distances himself from his ‘chums’, and especially as prominent UK firms start to pull their News Ltd advertising.

    Ah well, back to The Guardian for the scarcely credible updates. It’s a simple endgame now. In the limited name of our failing global humanity, there will (or will not) be offered up the head of a red-headed female exec. No, not that one!

  7. The_roth

    Generally in scandals such as these Chief Executives say “the buck stops with me” and then they resign so that the shareholders don’t suffer further.

    I somehow doubt the buck will stop with any of the Murdochs despite the fact their hypocritical newspapers would demand it of others.

  8. CliffG

    News Corporation a law unto itself, so powerful it thinks it is exempt from ordinary human decency, not to mention the law. Just take a look at the Australian News Corp stable. “The Daily Telegraph” must surely rate on a par with “News Of the World” pumping out its effluent day by day.
    The time has come for News Corporation to face the music. If only the politicans could develop the spines to do it. It has become a global thug.

  9. beachcomber

    You would have to assume that this goes on wherever Murdoch owns media, not just with one rag.

  10. Gail

    Public opinion and action can have an affect. Hopefully it will have some impact in this case. I doubt a news organisation could sink any lower. The Sun in the UK has never recovered its readership in Liverpool after its terrible reporting of the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. The Murdoch empire needs to obey the same laws as the rest of us and should uphold the basic ethics and morals of journalism. It is clear that they don’t and it’s time they were held to account.

    Without the internet, there is a fair chance that Australians would never hear about this.

    Over the past couple of years it has been revealed that the phones of many politicians and government ministers in the UK were also hacked. For the health of democracy in this country it is important that News Limited is given far greater scrutiny than has ever been the case. The more than 70% share of the media in this country is dangerous for our democracy. The damage in the UK is obvious and the Fox King’s empire has less than 40% share of the media there.

    It is sad that it has taken the exposure of direct intervention by a newspaper in the investigation of one case and gross abuse of privacy in other cases of murdered children to get this right into the headlines.

    Time Scotland Yard were put under the microscope as well. The investigation of this criminal activity was appalling. Is it any different here I wonder? I’m certain our politicians lack the spine to deal with this so I presume the UK has a similar variety of spineless, fearful MPs as well.

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