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British Hacking Scandal Roundup

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Perhaps the most surprising thing about the British phone hacking scandal is the lack of coverage in the US press.

Among the US newspapers, the NY Times is the only one I can find which has done significant reporting on the story, though the best work on the story comes from (no surprise) the Guardian.

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Phone Hacking and Its Here, There and Everywhere Influences

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News International’s phone hacking scandal has regenerated all over the web as the scandal continues to unfold, tracing back the hacking and subsequent bribery that’s been happening for years–more and more articles appear detailing the latest happenings in Parliament.

With the shutdown of The News of the World and News Corporation’s imploding BSkyB deal, both Rupert and James Murdoch are deeply implicated and garnering contempt from the public and political spheres.

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Breaking Laws to Break the Story

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Rupert Murdoch‘s U.K. tabloid News of the World, and its parent company News Group Newspapers (also owned by Murdoch), are under scrutiny after The Guardian reported that the group paid 1 million pounds (1.6 million dollars) in out-of-court settlements to “settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of [Murdoch's] journalists’ repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.”

The Guardian claims that News of the World editors and reporters paid private investigators to hack into over 2,000 to 3,000 phones of politicians, celebrities, and other public figures.

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