Hacking scandal trial starts this week for former News of the World staff


Rebekah Brooks, who used to work for News Corp as an executive, as well as some of her former colleagues on News of the World, are going to trial this week for the phone hacking scandal they were hit with a few years ago.

The former exec, who was also News of the World’s editor, allegedly allowed the hacking of Milly Dowler’s phone, who was missing and it was later found out that she was dead.

Brooks claims that she is innocent in this whole ordeal. “I am not guilty of the charges. I did not authorize, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.”

The scandal which took down News of the World, has marred the reputation of many who worked at it, and has also called into question the ethics of News Corps Executive Chairman, Rupert Murdoch.

Aiding further in this respect was something which happened a few months ago, in which Murdoch was recorded during a senior staff meeting, where he claimed he was being targeted by the media and that the closure of News of the World was a hasty mistake. He also had a very dismissive attitude towards journalists bribing police, saying that it was a common practice that was going on for years.

“We’re talking about payments for news tips from cops,” he said. “That’s been going on 100 years, absolutely.”

[via The Wall Street Journal, The Daily Beast]

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  • Machar

    @jayesstee – Couldn’t agree more. Organisations are made up of people who, broadly, reflect the moral and ethical stance of those at the top. News Corp is owned by Rupert Murdoch, so ’nuff said there. We should be looking at the senior cops, who likewise set their organisational standards…

    And nobody’s mentioned Freemasons. :p

  • jayesstee

    The “cops taking bribes” are separate court cases. Won’t get the same exposure because it doesn’t have any high profile redheads, just low profile cops.

  • Coyote

    Hrm.. I would think the story about the cops taking bribes in exchange for information should be the real case here. Authorities withholding information that could be critical to solving the case, had the public been informed, seems like a very dastardly thing to do. And if they are selling information that should not be told to the public, then that’s even worse.