Phone hacking scandal

  • The phone hacking scandal entailed the national newspaper, News of The World hacking people’s phones.
  • Employees of the News of the World were accused of engaging phone hacking, police bribery, and exercising improper influence in the pursuit of stories to publish.
  • Investigations conducted from 2005-2007 appeared to show that the paper hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians and members of the Royal Family.
  • In July 2011, it was revealed that the phones of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, relatives of deceased British soldiers, and victims of London Bombings had also been hacked. This caused a public outcry against News Corporation and its owner Rupert Murdoch
  • This all led to several high-profile resignations
  • The commissioner of London’s Metropolitan Police Service, Sir Paul Stephenson, also resigned his post.
  • The closure of the News of the World after 168 years in print was the first significant effect of the scandal.
  • Advertisers withdrew as a result of controversy
  • Murdoch conceded the paper was “sullied by behaviour that was wrong”, saying “if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company.”
  • A full-page apology ad was published in British newspapers by News International. The letter, signed by Rupert Murdoch, begins: “The News of the World was in the business of holding others to account. It failed when it came to itself”.
  • Trial jury found ex-NoTW editor Andy Coulson guilty of one charge of conspiracy to hack phones and fails to agree a verdict on two other charges. Rebekkah Brooks and the five remaining defendants are found not guilty.
  • 4 July 2014 – Sentences are delivered with Coulson receiving 18 months imprisonment, former chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and news editor Greh Miskew sentences of six months each, former reporter James Weatherup a four-month suspended sentence and former private investigator Glenn Mulcaire a six-month suspended sentence. Weatherup and Mulcaire also received 200 hours of community service.
  • NoTW team guilty – further arrests and charges made after these rulings

 

 

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