‘News of the World’ Under Fire For Cell Phone Hacks of Celebrities

July 9, 2009

UK (ChattahBox) – An investigation has been launched into allegations that Robert Murdoch owned news agencies, including News of the World, had been hacking into the cell phones of celebrities and politicians.

The illegal means of gaining inside scoops has raised a wider issue of how far some journalists, especially those for tabloid or entertainment venues, will go to get a story.

“We will investigate thoroughly and follow the case to where it leads us,” Metropolitan Police Commissioner Paul Stephenson was quoted in the Huffington Post as telling UK-based Sky News.

The Guardian also released their own story this week, claiming that News of the World has secretly settled three lawsuits out of court, paying over $1.6 million in damages to three celebrities.

Murdoch has denied any knowledge of these payouts, or the methods beings used by his media reporters to gain information.

This is the second scandal to hit Murdoch in the past month, after it was found that the Wall Street Journal may have been taking cash for access from lobbyists, an allegation that also hit The Washington Post, as well as others.


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