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Police Charge News of the World Editor Over Voicemail Hacking 131

Posted by Soulskill
from the figuring-out-where-the-line-is-drawn dept.
New submitter HarryatRock writes with news that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and five others have been charged by police for their involvement in intercepting voicemail messages left for a murdered girl. From the article: "She is charged with conspiring with her 49-year-old husband, personal assistant Cheryl Carter, chauffeur Paul Edwards, security man Daryl Jorsling, and News International head of security Mr Hanna to "conceal material" from police between 6 and 19 July. In a second charge Mrs Brooks and Ms Carter are accused of conspiring to remove seven boxes of material from the News International archive between 6 and 9 July. In a third charge, Mr and Mrs Brooks, Mr Hanna, Mr Edwards and Mr Jorsling are accused of conspiring to conceal documents, computers and other electronic equipment from police officers between 15 and 19 July."
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Police Charge News of the World Editor Over Voicemail Hacking

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  • by ToiletBomber (2269914) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:08PM (#40010081)
    ...to avoid anything related to Fox News like the plague
  • Re:I'm Shocked (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Hatta (162192) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:15PM (#40010171) Journal

    No indictment for any Murdoch.

  • by sl4shd0rk (755837) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:20PM (#40010223)

    Hopefully someone turns on the Murdochs instead of taking the sword for the family.

    Never happen. When you're the 1%, the 99% take the sword.

  • Re:I'm Shocked (Score:4, Insightful)

    by AmiMoJo (196126) <mojo AT world3 DOT net> on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:22PM (#40010253) Homepage

    The Murdochs knew what was going on so made sure they were well protected. It will be hard to meet the burden of proof and get them convicted.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:30PM (#40010341)

    When you're the 1%, the 99% take the sword.

    And in this case, when you're in the .01%, 99% of the 1% are fair game too.

  • Remember that the Murdochs are several degrees removed from all of these charges. Now they may be evil masterminds and they may eventually be charged with one or more crimes, but for the moment the police are having to work their way up through the ranks.

    I suspect that for anything substantial to stick it's going to take more than one or two NOTW employees pointing at the Murdochs and saying "they made me do it".

  • by dgatwood (11270) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:38PM (#40010453) Journal

    Of course you're trolling, but what does Rupert Murdoch's gutter-level right-wing editorial service called Fox News have to do with a legitimate news operation?

  • by MightyMartian (840721) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @05:58PM (#40010681) Journal

    Because there's growing concern that the phone hacking was not limited just to that newspaper, and was used by several N.I. operations, including some in the States, which puts Fox right in the headlights.

  • by BenJCarter (902199) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @06:15PM (#40010883)
    I suppose Fox News does look pretty right wing when compared to NBC's (and the rest of the press') handling of George Zimmerman. Or the WaPo splashing an unverifiable Mitt Romney high school story on their front page, while refusing to press for President Obama's college records. Or CBS' fake George Bush National Guard memos. And so on and so on.

    Would it be better for the Country if only one political point of view was held accountable by the corporate media?

    There is a reason Fox News regularly kills the other news networks viewership numbers combined.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @06:18PM (#40010917)

    Because lots of morons watch FOX News?

  • It's the coverup (Score:5, Insightful)

    by residents_parking (1026556) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @06:23PM (#40010961)

    It is the attempted coverup they are being charged for, not the crime of phone hacking. That's what "perverting the course of justice" means here in the UK. It's a common law offence that usually carries a prison sentence, which can be up to life.

  • by nomadic (141991) <nomadicworldNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @07:11PM (#40011387) Homepage
    "I suppose Fox News does look pretty right wing when compared to NBC's (and the rest of the press') handling of George Zimmerman. Or the WaPo splashing an unverifiable Mitt Romney high school story on their front page, while refusing to press for President Obama's college records. Or CBS' fake George Bush National Guard memos. And so on and so on."

    Fox is demonstrably more biased than any of those other other stations. Only a liar would say otherwise.
  • by sideslash (1865434) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @07:13PM (#40011395)
    Is there any evidence that Fox News has participated in the phone hacking? If none, then isn't the OP simply a dishonest smear ("just another reason to avoid anything related to Fox News like the plague")? It is unfortunate to see Slashdot moderators basing their mod points on their political views alone. Apparently I missed the announcement that it was time for "2 minutes hate"?
  • by Tarsir (1175373) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @09:03PM (#40012207)

    There is a reason Fox News regularly kills the other news networks viewership numbers combined.

    This is because Fox News regularly throws journalistic integrity to the wind in pursuit of ratings.

  • by nbauman (624611) on Tuesday May 15, 2012 @10:37PM (#40012705) Homepage Journal

    This is not a debate where there is some merit to both sides. News Corp. is right-wing propaganda. They're not just a right-wing version of NBC, CBS and the Washington Post.

    The only people who defend News Corp. are right-wing wackos who don't know the difference between truth and propaganda.

    They're not like other American news organizations. Murdoch orders his editors to distort the news to advance his political goals.

    Fox News made "Fair and balanced" a cynical joke. It's like cigarette companies advertising that their cigarettes are healthy and doctors recommend them.

    The worst thing Murdoch did is destroy the Wall Street Journal, which used to be the best newspaper in the world, respected by left and right:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/14/business/media/14carr.html [nytimes.com]
    Under Murdoch, Tilting Rightward at The Journal
    By DAVID CARR
    December 13, 2009

    A little over a year ago, Robert Thomson, The Journal’s top editor, picked Gerard Baker, a columnist for The Times of London, as his deputy managing editor. Mr. Baker is a former Washington bureau chief of The Financial Times with a great deal of expertise in the Beltway. The two men came of age in the more partisan milieu of British journalism.

    According to several former members of the Washington bureau and two current ones, the two men have had a big impact on the paper’s Washington coverage, adopting a more conservative tone, and editing and headlining articles to reflect a chronic skepticism of the current administration. And given that the paper’s circulation continues to grow, albeit helped along by some discounts, there’s nothing to suggest that The Journal’s readers don’t approve.

    Mr. Baker, a neoconservative columnist of acute political views, has been especially active in managing coverage in Washington, creating significant grumbling, if not resistance, from the staff there. Reporters say the coverage of the Obama administration is reflexively critical, the health care debate is generally framed in terms of costs rather than benefits — “health care reform” is a generally forbidden phrase — and global warming skeptics have gotten a steady ride. (Of course, objectivity is in the eyes of the reader.)

    The pro-business, antigovernment shift in the news pages has broken into plain view in the last year. On Aug. 12, a fairly straight down the middle front page article on President Obama’s management style ended up with the provocative headline, “A President as Micromanager: How Much Detail Is Enough?” The original article included a contrast between President Jimmy Carter’s tendency to go deep in the weeds of every issue with President George W. Bush’s predilection for minimal involvement, according to someone who saw the draft. By the time the article ran, it included only the swipe at Mr. Carter.

    On Aug. 27, a fairly straightforward obituary about Ted Kennedy for the Web site was subjected to a little political re-education on the way to the front page. A new paragraph was added quoting Rush Limbaugh deriding what he called all of the “slobbering media coverage,” and he also accused the recently deceased senator of being the kind of politician who “uses the government to take money from people who work and gives it to people who don’t work.”

    On Oct. 31, an article on the front of the B section about estate taxes at the state level used the phrase “death tax” six times, but there were no quotation marks around it. A month later, the newspaper’s Style & Substance blog suggested that the adoption of such a loaded political term was probably not a good idea: “Because opponents of estate taxes have long referred to them as death taxes, the term should be avoided in news stories.”

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