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Our beacons of hope: The phone-hacking scandal put in perspective


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Let’s put everything into perspective.

May 2000- Rebekah Brooks becomes editor of News of the World owned by News international and Rupert Murdoch.

January 2003- Rebekah Brooks moves to The Sun as Andy Coulson becomes editor at the News of the World.

They appear before a Commons committee, where Wade is filmed saying "We have paid the police for information in the past."

On the 7th July 2011 this revelation is further confirmed by our very own George Michael who tweeted..

"Rebekah Brooks sat two feet from me in my own home and told me that it was never the public that came to them with information on celebrities, and that the Police always got there first. I think that’s enough to be going on with. (Don't ask me how she got there)..Believe me I didn’t invite her."

January 2007 - Investigations, reports on hacking and resignations follow the jailing of employees for illegally accessing Prince Williams’s voicemail. No evidence of widespread hacking is found.

Dec 2007 - Payments of £700K to Gordon Taylo r- a member of the football association settles a phone hacking claim, the payment ensures he keeps his mouth shut.

July 2009 - The Guardian publishes details of the payment which leads to further revelations of a possible 3,000 who may have had their voicemails hacked by NoW journalists. After an investigation no action is taken.

Sept 2009- Rebekah Brooks leaves The Sun to become the chief executive of News International.

March 2010- The Guardian reports that the publicist Max Clifford was paid £1m to drop legal action that could have revealed more NoW phone hacking.

Sept 2010- Two ex-NoW reporters are quoted saying.

“Phone hacking was encouraged at the tabloid.”
“Other illegal reporting techniques were widespread.”

Scotland Yard investigates but they declare no new evidence to be found.

June 2011- Football expert Andy Gray accepts £20,000 in damages from NoW after his voice mail was intercepted.

300 NoW emails given to Scotland Yard allegedly showing that Andy Coulson had authorised payments to police officers..

4th July 2011 - it gets uncomfortably dark. The Guardian report allegations that NoW hacked into the voicemails left for schoolgirl Milly Dowler when she went missing in 2002. Messages are thought to have been deleted by the hackers giving her family hope she was alive…. she is later found murdered.

7 July - After public uproar News International chairman James Murdoch announces that the News of the World will close after one farewell edition. A copy full of self congratulatory articles and tear jerking anecdotes from loyal readers.

15 July - Ms Brooks resigns as chief executive of News International.

17 July - Ms Brooks is arrested at a London police station.

The sins

  • NoW hacked voicemails of the families of British Soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • NoW allegedly hacked into phones of 9/11 victims.
  • Using a private investigator they listened to Milly Dowlers voicemail and deleted messages to make space for new ones.
  •  Rebekah Brooks still denies all knowledge. 
 Surely we can trust the police to sort out this corruption?

Oh..NoW routinely paid police officers for information.

Okay. Our Prime minister will fight against this corruption.

But wait.. David Cameron hires Andy Coulson as his media advisor following the exposure of the royal hacking scandal.

Who, can we, as the British public rely on to restore morality?

To tell us the unbiased truth?

To be a shining light in the wake of such criminality?

Hugh Grant












This famous British convict secretly recorded a conversation with a NoW reporter who stated the practice of phone hacking to be widespread.  The transcripts of the conversation became the basis of an article which first brought to public attention the debauchery of the tabloid paper.

Hugh Grant. Advocate of prostitution or not, you are our hero.

And George Michael. You can rest assured your toilet escapades are all forgiven.

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