Further Phone Hacking Claims Signifies New Low for Journalism - Page 2
It has been evident for some time that phone hacking had been used by journalists to get information on; celebrities, public figures and even members of the royal family.
The plea of innocence by Rebekah Brooks along with her firm stance against resignation, is farcical to say the least. In 2003 Brooks confessed to paying police for information, while she was also editor in 2007 when Glen Mulcaire and Clive Goodman were jailed for hacking the phones of royal aids.
In 2009 the Guardian reported that up to 3,000 celebrities and public figures including Boris Johnson and Sienna Miller were intercepted. When NOTW journalist Paul McLuhan was asked whether he believed Brooks was aware phone hacking was being conducted he replied; "of course she did". However, in her present role as NOTW chief executive under media baron Rupert Murdoch, Brooks denies any wrong doing. Not surprisingly she also possesses the full backing of Murdoch as he closes in on his takeover of the remainder of BskyB he wishes to possess.
It is difficult to determine the outcome of this potentially drawn out case, but the immediate effects could see NOTW facing a boycott from companies and the public alike.
Ford is the first company to have withdrawn its advertising from the newspaper, with Aer Lingus, Npower, Halifax, T-Mobile and Orange, all expected to review their positions with the organization. The pressure on Brooks to resign is expected to escalate, along with phone hacking scandals continuing to dominate the headlines.
This will surely result in the unwillingness of Brooks to resign to be tested heavily. With numerous cases of child abductions and attacks to be reviewed, further incriminating evidence may be produced against not only the NOTW but also journalists across Britain. The acts undertaken by Andy Coulson, the former director of Communications for David Cameron and editor of the NOTW, will place further pressure on the British Government to act on this matter and possibly conduct an in-house investigation. The interference of a person’s phone is an invasion of privacy, the interference of a murder inquiry is inhuman