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Amid Hacking Scandal, News of the World Shuttered

The newspaper known for delivering scandalous stories has been axed because of one. In a surprising move, News of the World owner Rupert Murdoch has shuttered the 168-year-old title after hacking allegations threatened to wreck the media mogul’s expanding empire.

News of the World journalists have come under fire for hacking into the phones of thousands of people, most recently a teenage murder victim, sparking a public outrage. As the scandal hit its peak, advertisers pulled out of the tabloid and with Murdoch’s reputation jeopardized, so too were his hopes of buying the broadcaster BSkyB.

“Indeed, if recent allegations are true, it was inhuman and has no place in our company,” James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, said in a statement. “The News of the World is in the business of holding others to account. But it failed when it came to itself.”

The younger Murdoch added News of the World had a “proud history of fighting crime, exposing wrong-doing and regularly setting the news agenda for the nation” but will “never be able to make up for distress that has been caused”.

The paper’s final issue will be on Sunday, 10 July, and all advertising will be donated to good causes and charities, James Murdoch said.

“These are strong measures,” he concluded. “They are made humbly and out of respect. I am convinced they are the right thing [sic] to do.”

[via Reuters]
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