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News Corp: Not Just Unfair But Hacking, Too

Reported by Ellen - September 9, 2010 -

On September 1, 2010, the New York Times reported on a widespread phone-hacking scheme perpetrated by reporters from one of News Corp's British tabloid newspapers. Some of the hacking victims were the British royal family but Scotland Yard was reluctant to investigate further, the Times noted, because of its close relationship with the News Corp. publication. (H/T Eric J.)

In a similar story, Wired wrote:

Most of the victims are only now learning that their phone voicemail accounts may have been accessed by reporters, four years after the investigation first launched. One young woman, who had previously been the victim in a high-profile sexual-assault case when she was 19, only recently received a letter confirming that her phone number was on a list of potential hack targets kept by News of the World employees.

Scotland Yard is being accused of violating the rights of victims by failing to inform them earlier that they were targeted and of purposely narrowing the investigation to a single reporter and private investigator in order to preserve a special information-sharing relationship law enforcement agents had with the tabloid. The investigation focused only on Clive Goodman, a veteran reporter who covered the royal family, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who worked for the tabloid.

Stay classy, News Corp!

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