News Media: Rupert Murdoch’s Watergate

IN-DEPTH VIDEOS, 25 Apr 2011

Al Jazeera – TRANSCEND Media Service

Rupert Murdoch’s Watergate – the phone hacking scandal, the extent of the crime and the implications for News Corp. Also, debating the role of whistle blowers in society.

When a reporter with the British tabloid News of the World was jailed for illegally tapping into the phones of high profile names back in 2007, the newspaper insisted it was the work of a rogue reporter. It is a position the newspaper and its parent company News International continued to maintain.

But as more cases of phone hacking were brought to light and senior News of the World staff members implicated, the company finally conceded that the practice of phone tapping had been widely used within the organisation. It has since publicly apologised to all the victims and has reportedly put around $33mn into a compensation fund.

Our News Divide this week looks at the scandal that not only shines a light on Rupert Murdoch’s influence in British politics but also on the journalistic integrity of one of the world’s most powerful media empires.


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