Rupert Murdoch Owned Tabloids Sued Over Illegal Phone Tapping
September 2, 2010
(ChattahBox World News) – Five lawsuits in what are sure to be many have been filed against News Group Corp., a company owned by our favorite media villain Rupert Murdoch, and includes such tabloids as the News of the World. Their alleged crime? Illegal phone tapping of UK celebrities to get scoops.
The lawsuits stem from a case that began in 2006. I won’t get into all of the details, because there are so many that most of our readers will give up long before getting to the end. For those of you who don’t already know but are interested, check out the New York Times article for a long winded explanation.
The short version:
The Royals became concerned after private information only known by a few people (most of it pointless, but some salacious) started to leak through sources like the News of the World and the Sun. Scotland Yard began to investigate, but had them continue on like nothing was happening. But the leaks got more frequent and progressively worst.
It was eventually linked to News of the World “reporter” Clive Goodman, and a private investigator named Glenn Mulcaire. There were 91 pin codes found to various celebrities when the two were brought in for questioning, and many numbers that could belong to hundreds more.
However, only the Royal case was investigated, and celebrities are still learning years later that they may have been victims, and from various News Group Corp. tabloids and media sources. This led to several parliamentary investigations, which found that Scotland Yard had been potentially negligent in their handling.
So, what happens now? More investigations are following, and until then, five people have filed lawsuits. More are probably coming, if the scale of this thing is anywhere near as large as it seems to be.