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UK 'News Of The World' Last Edition

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  1. Archived_Member16

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    July 7, 2011

    'News Of The World' Last Edition: James Murdoch Says It's Over

    First Posted: 7/07/11 16:43 GMT Updated: 7/07/11 17:05 GMT


    News of the World will publish its last edition on Sunday according to a statement by James Murdoch, Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation, Europe and Asia.

    In a statement Murdoch said: "Having consulted senior colleagues, I have decided that we must take further decisive action with respect to the paper. This Sunday will be the last issue of the News of the World."

    He said the newspaper would not run any adverts this weekend, adding the advertising space would be donated to causes and charities.

    On the job losses that will follow the decision Murdoch said: "I can understand how unfair these decisions may feel. Particularly, for colleagues who will leave the Company... You may see these changes as a price loyal staff at the News of the World are paying for the transgressions of others. So please hear me when I say that your good work is a credit to journalism. I do not want the legitimacy of what you do to be compromised by acts of others. I want all journalism at News International to be beyond reproach."




    News of the World journalist 'was asked to tap phones'- Video:

    Murdoch stuns critics, shuts down scandal-hit paper
    Link: http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/07/us-newscorp-hacking-idUSTRE7641IO20110707
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  3. spnadmin

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    There seems to be a fair amount of breast beating in the comments that follow the article on Huffington Post. And mention that The Guardian exposed News of the World...for something (?). One person commented that this is a brilliant PR move.

    What is this about? What wrong-doing?

    I supposed this clears it up somewhat, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/07/news-of-the-world-closing_n_892239.html

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    This news is about phone hacking. It has been hot news in the UK for weeks. I'll sum up the basics and will try and find you some links which go into the issues further.

    For years News of the world has been hacking phones and using the private information for sensational news stories. The journalists involved had the support of management according to the reports. A few years ago the press complaints commission investigated the illegal phone hacking and found no wrongdoing so they are currently in the firing line too. A police enquiry earlier this year found them guilty so a lot of people were awarded compensation. Initially all the victims were public figures-politicians, celebrities and people related to royalty so there was not mass public opinion against the paper. Recently it has been revealed that private investigators hired by the News of the world hacked the phone of missing schoolgirl Milly Dowler in 2002. Messages from her voicemail were deleted allegedly to make space and this gave hope to her relatives she was alive as well as disrupting the police investigation and potentially destroying evidence. This caused public opinion to go against the paper and advertisers withdrew. It has also sparked huge debate about the press and government is now involved too. That's a whistle stop tour of the issues!

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