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On July 18th, the former veteran show –business correspondent for the newspaper News of the World, died in his home located in Watford (a suburb of London). Police said his death was “unexplained” and “not thought to be suspicious”. It was noted that Mr. Hoare had a history of drug and alcohol abuse. As of yet, the toxicology test has still to come forth.
The reason why Mr. Hoare’s death is so unique is because he was the whistle-blower that exposed the phone-hacking scandal involving The Murdoch Empire along with the rest of their loyal lieutenants. He told the New York Times as early as September 2010 that Andy Coulson (Prime Minister Cameron former Communication Director) was aware of phone-hacking practices at News of the World and The Sun. The Milly Dowler case- exposed the practice and weakened the Murdoch brand and exposed the power wheeled by one mogul.On July 18th, the former veteran show –business correspondent for the newspaper... more
As you have probably heard by now, The News International phone hacking scandal has brought allegations that individuals working for the newspaper engaged in phone hacking. WHACKO-TV has gotten another amazing scoop without hacking one phone. We got the first comment from the Queen of England about the scandal. We understand that she is some kind of high ranking memory of the British government. Like even more powerful than Richard Branson. This moment in journalistic history will put WHACKO-TV on the map.As you have probably heard by now, The News International phone hacking scandal has... more
Watch clips from Prime Minister David Cameron's press conference on the News of the World phone hacking scandalMissed Prime Minister David Cameron's press conference on the News of the World phone hacking scandal? It's worth watching as the PM sweat and coughs his way through a grilling by the press. Even the Murdoch papers are asking tough questions and it will be interesting to see what happens when Andy Coulson gets arrested later today.
Watch clips here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uY4zgIPy7GAMissed Prime Minister David Cameron's press conference on the News of the World... more
With the increased pressure over the phone hacking scandal for NoTW and the departure of Andy Coulson, it now stated more newspapers could be caught with hacking phones.
It is stated at four people who suspect they were hacked by newspapers who are not in connection to News Group, pointing out it is believed the practice was wide spread. It is said the legal claims are in stages where they are in contact with police and phone companies to gather any evidence on a hack.
"This was almost kids' playtime. It was such a widespread practice. Although it is a crime, people were regarding it as though it was driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone, that you just sort of do it and hope you don't get caught."-Guardian
The scandal took another hit, after this weekend there is unconfirmed report Gordon Brown contacted the police to find out if he was a victim of a hack.
"Mr Brown's office would not comment on the reports, while Scotland Yard also declined to respond to the latest allegations. However Ms Harman said that if the law had been broken "it should be investigated by the police and it should be enforced"."-Evening Standard http://www.thisislondon.co.uk/standard/article-23916602-met-under-pressure-over-phone-hacking-as-gordon-brown-says-messages-may-have-been-tapped.doWith the increased pressure over the phone hacking scandal for NoTW and the departure... more
Andy Coulson today resigned from his job of Communications chief at Downing Street.
He is yet to make a personal statement over his resignation, but over the last few months Coulson drew attention to himself after questions appeared over if he knew about illegal phone hacks at the News of the World when he was editor.
After article in the New York times and the Guardian, more details emerged on the amount of phone hacking at the paper, along with hints of court cases to be made by celebrities on privacy. Coulson denied any knowledge and the PM stated he had full confidence in Coulson.
"A No 10 spokeswoman had warned Mr Coulson would be issuing a "personal statement".
She had told reporters earlier: "The Prime Minister has had full confidence in Mr Coulson and still does."SKyAndy Coulson today resigned from his job of Communications chief at Downing Street.... more
After a report by the New York Times, which claimed NotW journalists informed them that the use of phone hacking was used by many at the paper and was an encouraged practise (or at least discussed in meetings) with the editor of the paper Andy Coulson.
Over the weekend there were calls by Labour party members for a reinvestigation into the hacking after the fresh allegations. Some of the focus on the story has hit Andy Coulson who denies knowing about the hacking within the paper.
"Mr Coulson - who is now David Cameron's director of communications - has received strong backing from Number 10, which says he "totally and utterly" rejects claims he was aware of any wrongdoing."-BBC
Backing for Coulson from the government this weekend came from Gove and May, who said there were no grounds for public inquiry while stating the story comes from newspaper rivalries in the US.
"He said the Met had been clear on its stance and so far had seen no new evidence which would merit reopening the case but it would consider changing its position if that situation changed."-BBC
From reading the article, it sounds like the MET will look at the evidence from the New York Times investigation, and decided if they need to re open the case.After a report by the New York Times, which claimed NotW journalists informed them... more
The first phone hacking scandal saw the royal editor for the News Of the World Clive Goodman and private detective Glen Mulcaire received a 4 and 6 months jail sentence over hacking the phone messages of the royal family.
After the first scandal the Guardian alleged the phone hacking was more widely used and newscorp replied to the paper with a statement.
"It is untrue that “Murdoch journalists” used private investigators to illegally hack into the mobile phone messages of numerous public figures to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data, including: tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. [...] Furthermore, we are inviting the Guardian to supply the Metropolitan Police with any new evidence they claim to have."newscorphttp://www.newscorp.com/news/bunews_40.html
Other claims by the Guardian, stated the editor of the News of the World and current Director of Communications for the Conservative party knew about the extent of the hacking. A claim which he has denied.
Today the Guardian today reported on a New York Times article, which alleged the News Of the World used phone hacking on other top public figures and celebrities. Along with allegations that Coulson knew about the hacking and that the MET press office favoured the newspaper.
"But interviews with more than a dozen former reporters and editors at News of the World present a different picture of the newsroom. They described a frantic, sometimes degrading atmosphere in which some reporters openly pursued hacking or other improper tactics to satisfy demanding editors. Andy Coulson, the top editor at the time, had imposed a hypercompetitive ethos, even by tabloid standards. One former reporter called it a “do whatever it takes” mentality."
"The investigator, who has since left Scotland Yard, added that Webb stressed the department’s “long-term relationship with News International.” The investigator recalled becoming furious at the suggestion, responding, “There’s illegality here, and we’ll pursue it like we do any other case.” In a statement, Webb said: ‘‘I cannot recall these events. "-http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/05/magazine/05hacking-t.html?_r=3&hp=&pagewanted=allThe first phone hacking scandal saw the royal editor for the News Of the World Clive... more
It sounds like some assumed Andy Coulson was earning £275,000 Conservative director of communications before heading into Downing Street. Today, some newspapers are reporting he's earning £140,000 after parliament released the figures, though many journalists noticed this is still a higher wage than Nick Clegg.
"The ceiling for special advisers' pay is £142,500, ensuring they do not earn more than Cameron. They are paid for by taxpayers to provide political advice to ministers and No 10."-Guardian
The list of salaries showed the earning of special senior advisers for Government, though despite the transparency the questions about the role advisers play in government still remain.
What do you think about advisers to ministers? Is it important we know more information about their role in government?It sounds like some assumed Andy Coulson was earning £275,000 Conservative... more
The Guardian reports, that Glenn Mulcaire (the private investigator who tapped phones of the royals) wrote an outline for a book which showed contradictions to claims the New of the World made in defence of the phone tapping scandal.
"The evidence is in the outline for a book planned by the private investigator at the centre of the affair, Glenn Mulcaire. The outline was written before Mulcaire signed a deal with the paper which stopped the book's publication and gagged him from speaking about the scandal."-The Guardian
The possible revamp of the Phone tapping scandal could be bad news for Cameron's Director of Communications Andy Coulson, who previously stated he was unaware of the illegal phone tapping when he was Editor for the tabloid.
"The outline does not name names, but Coulson's newspaper appears repeatedly as the instigator of the attack on the royal household's messages.
Since then the Guardian has disclosed that other journalists from the News of the World were involved with Mulcaire's activities, and that Mulcaire was one of four private investigators who used illegal methods to gather information for stories while Coulson was deputy editor or editor of the News of the World."-The GuardianThe Guardian reports, that Glenn Mulcaire (the private investigator who tapped phones... more