News of the World hacking trial ends: Scandal still poses threat to Britain’s ruling elite By Robert Stevens

27 June 2014 — WSWS 

The trial of former News of the World (NotW) editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson and others connected with phone hacking has ended with Coulson, former head of communications of Prime Minister David Cameron, found guilty of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages. Brooks, the former head of billionaire oligarch Rupert Murdoch’s media-empire in Britain, was acquitted.

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Media: The Leveson Inquiry: Should We Care? By Des Freedman

2 September 2011 — New Left Project

I have written elsewhere that the aftermath of the phone hacking scandal and the establishment of the Leveson Inquiry, ‘is a hugely significant moment both for the British media and for British democracy’ and that ‘the spell of media power is facing its most serious challenge to date’. Given that official inquiries rarely generate genuinely radical proposals and we have seen no evidence that press proprietors and media executives are willing to give up their privileged positions, was this simply wishful thinking? The evidence, I would suggest, is mixed.

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Interrogating Contemporary News: Asking the Right Questions By Natalie Fenton

14 September 2011 — New Left Project

The Leveson inquiry has been launched to investigate phone hacking and the culture, practices and ethics of the press; there is a Lords Select Committee on the future of investigative journalism; a joint Select Committee on privacy and injunctions; all of which will feed into a Communications Review leading up to the New Communications Act in 2013 and bring with them unprecedented opportunities to interrogate contemporary news. So what questions should we be asking?

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New moves by British parliament to shield the Murdochs By Robert Stephens

30 July 2011 — WSWS

On Friday, members of Parliament’s Commons Culture Select Committee voted against recalling News Corporation Chairman James Murdoch to give more evidence on phone hacking and police corruption. Labour MP Tom Watson had called on Murdoch, the son of international media mogul Rupert Murdoch, and two ex-News of the World executives, former editor Colin Myler and the newspaper’s ex-legal manager Tom Crone, to appear.

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Unauthorised tapping into or hacking of mobile communications

19 July 2011

An interesting document and worth plowing through.

From the document’s introduction:

1. In 2005-06, the Metropolitan Police investigated claims that a private investigator, Mr Glenn Mulcaire, had been employed by News International to hack into the Voicemail accounts of certain prominent people, including members of the Royal Household in November 2005, in particular to obtain information on them. This case led to the prosecution and subsequent imprisonment of Mr Mulcaire and Mr Clive Goodman, the royal correspondent for the News of the World. The charges brought against Messrs Mulcaire and Goodman cited a limited number of people whose phones were alleged to have been hacked. However, papers taken from Mr Mulcaire in the course of the investigation indicated that journalists —not necessarily all from the same newspaper — had asked him to obtain information on a number of other people: it was not always clear who the subjects of the inquiries were (a number were identified only by initials or a forename), nor whether the request involved hacking or some other means of obtaining information.

News International: A scandal rooted in union-busting

28 July, 2011 — Belfast Telegraph

Socialist journalist Eamonn McCann explains how the assault on newspaper unions helped pave the way for the scandal engulfing Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

Strikers and their supporters march against Murdoch's union-busting

Strikers and their supporters march against Murdoch's union-busting

NINETEEN-YEAR-OLD Michael Delaney died after being run over by a truck in east London on a Saturday night in January 1987. An inquest jury found that he had been a victim of unlawful killing. But nobody has ever been prosecuted.

Michael had been among trade unionists picketing the News International plant at Wapping against the sacking of more than 5,000 workers and the de-recognition of unions. The dispute lasted almost a year.

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Rupert ‘Dirty Digger’ Newslinks 24-25 July 2011

25 July 2011 —

25 July 2011
What’s New: Sleaze of the world
Socialist Project Today at 09:00
Good riddance to bad rubbish. That’s what many in Britain are saying after the shutdown of the notorious tabloid News of the World following revelations about how low the Rupert Murdoch-owned paper sank in its drive for salacious scoops.

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Rupert ‘Dirty Digger’ Murdoch Newslinks 22-23 July 2011

23 July 2011 —

Hacking In Brief: 23/07/2011
The Independent – Media RSS Feed Today at Midnight
News Corp executive ‘leaked Cable story’
Ian Burrell
Kroll, the global corporate investigations company, has named a top News Corp executive as the strong suspect in ‘orchestrating’ the leak of a tape which led to the downfall of Business Secretary Vince Cable, who claimed he had ‘declared war’ on Rupert Murdoch.

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Outsourcing power (and its consequences) By William Bowles

23 July 2011

For well over a century the British state has relied on its professional civil service (known as the Establishment and for reasons I hope that become apparent) to maintain the status quo and whilst the state has had to make concessions over time (eg, universal suffrage, legalize trade unions and eventually establish the ‘welfare state’) the Establishment’s primary function is to preserve the rule of Capital, regardless of the party in power. Thus continuity is preserved through the role of a permanent and unelected elite run by the ‘Whitehall Mandarins’.

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