Everybody is discussing about Media trial, Media ethics, conducting sting operations and investigative journalism.Culprits who escape using their power are brought to justice by Media.We have seen that in some of the cases here.
What can be worrying !!!! If Media uses unethical means to publish news and create sensation.That has led to the closure of 168 year old paper “News Of The World”.
The News of the World was a national tabloid newspaper published in the United Kingdom from 1843 to 2011, printing its last edition on 10 July.
By 1950, the News of the World had become the biggest-selling newspaper in the world with a weekly sale of 8,441,000 and individual editions sold over 9 million copies.In 1969, Murdoch buys The news of the World.
Sales averaged 2,812,005 copies per week in October 2010.
The Dark Arts – Hacking into voice mails was being done.They published stories of celebrity affairs and them involving in drugs.They hired ppl who helped obtain confidential info.
In 2005, personal details about Prince william know to very few appeared in News of the World articles. – Prince William pulled a tendon in his knee, one revealed.
By early January 2006, Scotland Yard had confirmed their suspicions. An unambiguous trail led to Clive Goodman, the News of the World reporter who covered the royal family, and to a private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, who also worked for the paper. The two men had somehow obtained the PIN codes needed to access the voice mail of the royal aides.
A few months later, the inquiry took a remarkable turn as the reporter and the private investigator chased a story about Prince William’s younger brother, Harry, visiting a strip club.Another tabloid, The Sun, had trumpeted its scoop on the episode with the immortal: “Harry Buried Face in Margo’s Mega-Boobs. Stripper Jiggled . . . Prince Giggled.”
Scotland Yard tracked that Goodman and Mulcaire, the two men hacked into Prince Harry’s mobile-phone messages. On April 9, 2006, Goodman produced a follow-up article in News of the World about the apparent distress of Prince Harry’s girlfriend over the matter. Headlined “Chelsy Tears Strip Off Harry!”
These sort of dirty news of no use to someone created spark among police and people.
The police had seized files from Mulcaire’s home in 2006 that contained several thousand mobile phone numbers of potential hacking victims and 91 mobile phone PIN codes.
In 2007, Mulcaire and Goodman apologized in court to prnces for invasion of privacy.They were sentenced to several months in prison.In 2008, News paper agrees to pay 700,000 punds to Gordon Taylor whose phone was tapped by Mulcaire.
Andy coulson the editor of the News of the world during hacking is arrested on july 8.He also served as PM Cameron’s chief press officer.
Finally the Newspaper is shutting down.The 8,674th edition apologised for letting the readers down.
The front page bore an epitaph, “The world’s greatest newspaper 1843-2011”, with the note, “After 168 years, we finally say a sad but very proud farewell to our 7.5m loyal readers”. On the back page were quotes from British literary great George Orwell.
“Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry… there is no justification for this appalling wrongdoing.” accepted Newspaper.