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Published on July 6th, 2011 | by Lara Cronshaw
Image © [caption id="attachment_2736" align="alignleft" width="208" caption="NotW - Phone Hacking Scandals"]NotW - Phone Hacking Scandals[/caption] Phone hacking; seemingly News of the world’s the favourite past time, and a story that continues to douse, or more pour fuel on to its own fire. The previous claims made by the paper that this mess was all the result of a ‘lone rogue reporter,’ seem increasingly less plausible. With a list that begins in royalty and ends (for now) in the victims of the most terrifying and terrible crimes, it’s hard to even stomach some of the recent stories that have passed through our national papers, let alone begin to understand the rationale of the idiots behind it all. The latest allegations that include the hacking of families of those lost in the 7/7 bombings, the parents of Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman and Milly Dowler’s personal telephone, are nothing short of despicable. On top of which, it emerged last night that News international handed over emails that showed authorised payments made to the police, supposedly by Andy Coulson, in January of this year, a large hint as to why some much ‘new’ information is suddenly appearing before our eyes. Minutes before PMQ’s went live the BBC’s political correspondent that Nick Robinson broke the news that News International have revealed they now know almost conclusively the name of the individual who Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator hired to hack, was dealing with directly. Hesitant, as ever, to release the information, the questions on everybody’s lips are, why didn't the initial investigation uncover this information and who has protected it? The unfortunate truth must inevitably lie in the ties between the police and the press and in the complete incompetency of all those involved within this case. It is clear no ‘thorough’ investigating was done here, and despite Cameron’s resolve to ‘allow the police to get on with their job,’ before opening a public inquiry, it seems ludicrous to not at least begin proceedings in the meantime. There is no mystery in the root cause of his hesitations, with his own reputation taking a blow, least of all for his catastrophic error of judgment, in hiring Coulson, as well as his wimpish avoidance tactics when questioned with the sacking of the once close Rebekah Brooks; the lady in the NotW Editors firing line hot seat. Speculation still rises that Coulson will be the name in the mud, however with the recently revealed pay offs and the potential number of cases involved within this ballooning case increasing as hours pass, there is one certainty, and that is heads will roll. Earlier this afternoon it was reported that alongside Ford and Halifax; Virgin Holidays, Lloyds Bank and Vauxhall Motors have withdrawn their advertising in NotW, with Cadburys, CocaCola and The Body Shop, to name just a few, reviewing and potentially also pulling their own campaigns. An estimation made by the Guardian yesterday showed existing losses to the amount to 1.5bn, with this set only to grow, it is doubtless the paper has done more than swim in troubled waters. With a three hour emergency debate on holding a public inquiry into phone hacking by News International journalists, and whether there was a potential cover-up by its senior executives, it is clearer than ever that this scandal will not only change the face of one our national papers, but may possibly be the catalyst into at the very least a review, and possibly a reform of our press and media regulations. Freedom of the press is one thing, stealing the stories of people’s lives, giving grieving families false hope and desperately lying to cover disgusting dirty tracks is altogether another. With no one else to blame but themselves, I for one feel nothing but hope that those involved are severely and publicly punished.

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Disgusting, desperate and down-right dirty – NotW

NotW - Phone Hacking Scandals

NotW – Phone Hacking Scandals

Phone hacking; seemingly News of the world’s the favourite past time, and a story that continues to douse, or more pour fuel on to its own fire. The previous claims made by the paper that this mess was all the result of a ‘lone rogue reporter,’ seem increasingly less plausible. With a list that begins in royalty and ends (for now) in the victims of the most terrifying and terrible crimes, it’s hard to even stomach some of the recent stories that have passed through our national papers, let alone begin to understand the rationale of the idiots behind it all.

The latest allegations that include the hacking of families of those lost in the 7/7 bombings, the parents of Holly Wells, Jessica Chapman and Milly Dowler’s personal telephone, are nothing short of despicable. On top of which, it emerged last night that News international handed over emails that showed authorised payments made to the police, supposedly by Andy Coulson, in January of this year, a large hint as to why some much ‘new’ information is suddenly appearing before our eyes.

Minutes before PMQ’s went live the BBC’s political correspondent that Nick Robinson broke the news that News International have revealed they now know almost conclusively the name of the individual who Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator hired to hack, was dealing with directly. Hesitant, as ever, to release the information, the questions on everybody’s lips are, why didn’t the initial investigation uncover this information and who has protected it?

The unfortunate truth must inevitably lie in the ties between the police and the press and in the complete incompetency of all those involved within this case.

It is clear no ‘thorough’ investigating was done here, and despite Cameron’s resolve to ‘allow the police to get on with their job,’ before opening a public inquiry, it seems ludicrous to not at least begin proceedings in the meantime. There is no mystery in the root cause of his hesitations, with his own reputation taking a blow, least of all for his catastrophic error of judgment, in hiring Coulson, as well as his wimpish avoidance tactics when questioned with the sacking of the once close Rebekah Brooks; the lady in the NotW Editors firing line hot seat.

Speculation still rises that Coulson will be the name in the mud, however with the recently revealed pay offs and the potential number of cases involved within this ballooning case increasing as hours pass, there is one certainty, and that is heads will roll.

Earlier this afternoon it was reported that alongside Ford and Halifax; Virgin Holidays, Lloyds Bank and Vauxhall Motors have withdrawn their advertising in NotW, with Cadburys, CocaCola and The Body Shop, to name just a few, reviewing and potentially also pulling their own campaigns. An estimation made by the Guardian yesterday showed existing losses to the amount to 1.5bn, with this set only to grow, it is doubtless the paper has done more than swim in troubled waters.

With a three hour emergency debate on holding a public inquiry into phone hacking by News International journalists, and whether there was a potential cover-up by its senior executives, it is clearer than ever that this scandal will not only change the face of one our national papers, but may possibly be the catalyst into at the very least a review, and possibly a reform of our press and media regulations.

Freedom of the press is one thing, stealing the stories of people’s lives, giving grieving families false hope and desperately lying to cover disgusting dirty tracks is altogether another. With no one else to blame but themselves, I for one feel nothing but hope that those involved are severely and publicly punished.

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