Allegations that News of the World press may have hacked the cell phones of crime victims are causing an outcry in the U.K. lawmakers and citizens are calling for Rupert Murdoch to resign as details of the investigation come to light. Reuters is reporting that at least one advertiser, Ford Motor Company, is pulling ads from the paper until it sees how Murdoch addresses the situation. Other advertisers are reviewing their policies, while British citizens are calling for a boycott of Murdoch’s newspapers in response to the Murdoch phone hacking scandal.
Murdoch’s paper is accused of hacking the cell phone of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old girl who was abducted and later found dead. The hackers not only listened to her messages, but are accused of erasing messages when her voicemail was full, causing confusion and misleading law enforcement who were investigating the case. Murdoch’s phone hackers are also accused of hacking the phones of people waiting for calls from loved ones after the 2005 London bombings. There are allegations that employees of News Corp. have hacked the phones of celebrities and politicians as well.
Murdoch’s News Corporation is the second largest media company in the world. It’s holdings include the Wall Street Journal and Fox Television, including Fox News. The belief that sensationalism improves readership leads reporters to take extraordinary risks to get the ‘story.’ Apparently, to the point of violating the rights and privacy of others. This investigation may be the tip of the iceberg with regard to the conduct of Murdoch’s News Corp.
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