Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World will be closed down following a phone hacking scandal that saw major companies pull their advertising from Britain’s best-selling Sunday newspaper, and threats of a major reader boycott.
According to The Guardian, the scandal involves allegations that the tabloid’s journalists hired private investigators to hack into the mobile phone voicemail messages of celebrities, politicians and members of the royal family. This week allegations also emerged that phones belonging to a murdered teenager, relatives of British servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and survivors of the 7/7 terrorist attack in London, were also hacked.
Murdoch’s son James, who is in charge of the media mogul’s UK titles, told the 168 year-old- paper’s staff members that Sunday’s edition of the paper would be its last, and that all this weekend’s revenue will go to good causes.
(Source: The Guardian)