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Rupert Murdoch's employees are accused by the UK government of hacking into the phones of murder victims, terrorist victims, family members of dead soldiers, politicians, and celebrities.  (Source: AP Photo)

In response to the scandal Mr. Murdoch's son announced that "News of the World" will close, printing its last issue Sunday. The tabloid is the biggest in the UK in terms of circulation, so the news came as a shock to many.  (Source: Bloomberg)

News Corp. owns multiple U.S. publications, including the tabloid "New York Post" and Fox News
News Corp. employees hacked into a variety of peoples' phones, including murdered children

When you get caught hacking into the phone of a murdered child and hinder the investigation, you know you're in deep trouble.  That's the position that embattled international news agency News Corp. find itself in.

News Corp. (
NWS), the brainchild of billionaire media mogul Rupert Murdoch, has a penchant for controversy; with properties like U.S. news network Fox News.  However, such controversy pales in comparison to allegations brought against News of the World which is published by News International, one of News Corp.'s British holdings.

According to documents released in an ongoing police investigation, News Corp.'s British properties hired veteran hackers to gain access to the voicemail accounts of persons of interest -- including murder victims, terrorism victims, families of dead soldiers, celebrities, and politicians.  The hackers often altered the voicemail contents in an effort to fish for leads.

Just a few days ago the talk centered on whether News International CEO and Murdoch-protégé Rebekah Brooks would resign.  Now that talk has been made a moot point, as Mr. Murdoch has decided that he will discontinue the entire News of the World publication.

The news shocked many, as News of the World is currently London's best-selling tabloid newspaper.  Many in England believe that the paper's articles make or break political candidates.

The news that the paper was dead was delivered by Rupert Murdoch's son, James Murdoch, a senior News Corp. executive.  He comments, "The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account, but it failed when it came to itself."

He revealed that the move would lead to 200 staffers losing their jobs, though they could apply for other News Corp. positions.  He also revealed that the proceeds of this Sunday's final edition would be donated to charity, in an effort to placate the growing firestorm of criticism.

The closure of the embattled publication may not be enough to silence the public outcry; particularly when pressing questions remain.  Questions include whether News of the World staffers broke British law during their actions and whether they shared their findings with other sister publications, such as The Times of London and the tabloid Sun.  If they did, these publications could find themselves subject to similar boycotts as News of the World.

Another compelling question is whether the questionable tactics were isolated to News Corp.'s British operations, or whether they could have been employed at American tabloids such as the New York Post.  Thus far there's no evidence of this, but the topic will certainly be examined as spotlight of scrutiny is cast onto News Corp.

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By MechanicalTechie on 7/7/2011 7:49:12 PM , Rating: 2
Agreed, his lack of ethics has lead to the rise of Fox, infotainment and questionable journalism. Much easier to peddle smut and appeal to the stupid majority than to actually report on important matters. It is the ugly direction of today’s media, dumbing down content in order to reduce expectation... and you know what it’s the stupid general public that laps it up. But hey it’s cool to follow celebrities and fashion, who cares about the real issues, if you’re up with popular culture

By Uncle on 7/8/2011 9:39:25 PM , Rating: 3
Its a sad day in Canada, he has started a copy of Fox here, I'm hoping its a specialty channel that you have to pay extra for. I'm ok, I canceled my cable two years ago. Saw the writing on the wall and just couldn't take it any more. Cable keeps the drug companies in the money, more anti depressants get sold.

By Reclaimer77 on 7/9/2011 1:23:56 AM , Rating: 3
Might bring something fresh and exciting to your Canadian news. I mean how many stories about some hoser getting drunk and screwing a moose can you take before you start to get bored?

By YashBudini on 7/9/2011 2:14:44 AM , Rating: 1
I mean how many stories about some hoser getting drunk and screwing a moose can you take before you start to get bored?

Did O'Reilly forget to to tell you they all live in igloos?

By omnicronx on 7/10/2011 5:00:11 AM , Rating: 2
Might bring something fresh and exciting to your Canadian news.
Sorry, fear mongering is not the norm in Canada, as such we have better nothing to report.

I also love how Americans can't even bother to make up their own Canadian stereotypes and must rely on popular stateside Canadian comedians for all of their material..

Its like every single joke you guys come up with was ripped right out of a John Candy movie..

(best part is most you guys are completely oblivious to the fact most of the jokes are making fun of your own perceptions)

By YashBudini on 7/10/2011 6:23:26 PM , Rating: 1
Sorry, fear mongering is not the norm in Canada

But it s the norm of the ignorant, and well exploited, to the point it's now an art form.

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