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British Police Continues to Probe Phone-Hacking Scandal of 2011

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July 24, 2012

British Police Continues to Probe Phone-Hacking Scandal of 2011

By Ashok Bindra, TMCnet Contributor

The British police continues to probe the phone-hacking scandal that was uncovered last July, when a journalists at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World was caught eavesdropping on cell phones' voicemail boxes of the members of the Royal family and other VIPs.  The probe since then has grown to include accusations of computer hacking and bribery across the British media and beyond.

The investigation has taken the police as far back as November 2005, when News of the World royal reporter, Clive Goodman wrote about Prince William’s knee injury. Buckingham Palace complaint prompted police inquiry, which resulted in the arrest of Goodman in August 2006, along with private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire for suspected hacking into voicemails of royal officials.

The report gives account of subsequent arrests and claims, as well as tabloid’s admission of phone hacking and setting up a compensation plan to handle claims.

In fact, investigations show that a legal adviser to the company newspapers warned three years earlier that there was enough evidence to suggest that some senior journalists at News of the World tabloid were using illegal methods to scoop news. In addition, the probe shows that the high-ranking executives of the news organization were aware of the widespread culture of phone hacking within the organization.

Early this year, a report reveals that News International has agreed to pay 37 people, including movie star Jude Law, who were harassed and phone-hacked by the tabloid press. As per the AP report, financial details of 15 of the payouts, totaling to over 640,000 pounds (about $1 million), are made public at a court hearing.

In April this year, the elder Murdoch made an attempt to portray himself as the victim, not perpetrator, of a cover-up over phone hacking. According to AP, Murdoch apologized and said that the corporate cleanup of the scandal had cost News Corp (News - Alert). hundreds of millions of dollars and transformed its culture.

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