Like a lot of people I am shocked by the revelations that News of the World hacked into Milly Dowler’s phone (the murdered Walton on Thames teenager) – but as you can see from this video of the excellent Tom Watson, this is not new. Murdoch’s henchmen and spies hacked into the phones of the parents of the murdered Soham children, as well as politicians and bribed the police for information, and there are hints that these horrendous acts (interfering with the search for a missing teenager and deleting her voicemails, giving her parents false hope and possibly hindering the investigation) and the recent case of the innocent landlord in the Jo Yeates killing, where the Sun and Mirror are in the high court being accused of contempt of court in their dealings.
What can you do? Well you can tell everyone not to buy News of the World, The Sun or other News International papers – as with Hillsborough and Liverpool and the lies they told, a boycott can be successful for 20+ years…and many years ago a similar action against WHSmiths over Gay News was successful.
But even better, hit them where it hurts – their advertisers. Tweet or contact the advertisers mentioned on this list, the child-friendly and socially concious likes of Butlins, WHSmiths, Body Shop and tell them they should be appalled that the paper that campaigned for ‘Sarah’s Law’ played so fast and loose with the law and parent’s worst nightmare, a missing child – and hindered the investigation and broke many laws doing so. And more importantly broke major ethical laws – celeb tittle tattle is one thing, but interfering with the voicemail of someone missing could have been the difference between life or death, who knows what clues they deleted? Or what information might have been there? The implications are truly blood chilling. Tell them you won’t be buying their products while they support News of the World. It sounds like Renault (?) and NPower are already doing that…
I’d like to see Rebekah Brooks and Murdoch and co. in jail actually…for lying repeatedly about the phone tapping, bribery of police officers, and perverting the course of justice and interfering with investigations – and of course the illegal wiretapping/phone use charges especially of government officials and politicians. But I’ll settle for the News of the World being shut down, or sold off, and the Murdoch deal being cancelled…
You can also sign the petition to stop Murdoch getting control of all of BSkyB. Jeremy Hunt has said it’s a done deal, but maybe with enough groundswell over this recent hackgate discovery it’ll get put on hold, or even better stopped entirely. Nice to see that even the Torygraph seems to have mistepped with this frankly piss-poor piece of journalism trying to rake up some ‘pinko-liberal-commie-fags-are-at-it-again!’ story about the BBC – as one commenter said:
‘I would love to know what you think the other side of this story is.
Haven’t heard too many people saying that hacking the poor girl’s phone and misleading her family and the police was a sensible move. ‘
Exactly. Unlike some of the other offences, there isn’t a moral, ethical or legal standpoint that can ever excuse this. Hence why the News of the Screws is fucked.
And how did they get the number? I suspect a police leak – Rebekah Brooks admitted paying off police and the police don’t want that to blow up in their faces, or like Tom Watson said, maybe they are scared of News International too. It’s time to stop being scared and prevent Murdoch getting more control of media in the UK, and stand up against the media corporates…what will be next, murder to get a story? This is Orwellian, and unless MPs and Police and everyone wants to live in a 1984 world where Big Brother watching you is not the State but the Media corporations (and Google and Facebook too). Act now, or otherwise it’s going to be trial by media and lies all the way…
The Jam said it best –
‘Don’t believe it all
Find out for yourself
Check before you spread
News of the world…
Each morning our key to the world comes through the door
More than often its just a comic, not much more
Don’t take it too serious – not many do
Read between the lines and you’ll find the truth’