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Phone Hacking: News International Settles With Claimants Including Jude Law And Lord Prescott

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2012

Dozens of celebrities and politicians, including Jude Law and Lord Prescott, have now settled damages claims over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Actor Jude Law, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and Labour MP Chris Bryant are among the claimants whose settlements were confirmed at the High Court on Thursday.

Law accepted damages of £130,00 while Lord Prescott was given £40,000 and Bryant was handed £30,000.

Speaking outside the court, Bryant said News International had been “lying for year after year” and said he expected more people to go to jail as a result of the scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gordon Brown’s Downing Street emails ‘hacked’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2012

Computer crime by press may be as widespread as phone scandal

Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.

Mr Brown’s private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard’s Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked.

The links discovered from the seized computers suggest that the email investigation could involve as many victims as those involved in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

The eight-strong Tuleta team is looking at the possibility that several Fleet Street titles commissioned specialist private detectives to access computers. News International yesterday declined to comment on the latest allegations.

A source with knowledge of the contents of some of the computers seized from private investigators told The Independent that analysis of a portion of the hundreds of thousands of messages found on the machines showed that Mr Brown and Mr Draper were targeted while the former Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer. The period includes potentially sensitive episodes in the difficult relationship between Mr Brown and Tony Blair. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebecca Loos Given ‘Six-Figure Sum’ For Beckham Affair Story, Thurlbeck Alleges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2011

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has defended the public interest of publishing stories which alleged that David Beckham had cheated on his wife and F1 boss Max Mosley had taken part in a “Nazi orgy”.

Mr Thurlbeck was fired by News International in September after being arrested in April on suspicion of hacking phones while working at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.

He told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that he would not comment on phone hacking.

Instead, he was questioned about the justification of publishing so-called “kiss and tell” stories.

In the case of David Beckham’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos, Mr Thurlbeck said there was a “huge public interest” in going to print.

“He was sponsored left, right and centre,” he said. “He was always promoting himself with his family as a happy modern man. It was a wholesome image that the family cultivated and the public bought into on a massive scale, and we exposed that as a sham.”

He said that although the average payment to the source of a front-page article was “£15,000 to £20,000”, Ms Loos was paid “a six-figure sum”.

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David Cameron: With Hindsight I Would Not Have Hired Coulson

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2011

These days UK parliament­ary sessions are becoming so noisy and speaker has to warn lots of times everyday. I wish nothing bad incident happen in the parliament as UK parliament has its own status in the world.
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Rupert Murdoch Attacked With Pie

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

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The Murdochs Head To Parliament As Scandal Shakes News Corp. Empire (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

Really this scandal is creating unexpected chaos.
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Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and his son James will appear before British



Parliament on Tuesday to be grilled by a special committee over evidence of phone hacking at the defunct tabloid News of the World.

The widening scandal has rocked the media, police and the public in Britain, where Murdoch owns many of the country’s largest newspapers. It is alleged that his now defunct News of the World hacked the phones of 4,000 people, from stars to crime victims, to get juicy stories — all with the encouragement of top editors at the paper and aided by some in the police force.

Rupert Murdoch made a rare apology in British newspapers over the weekend.

The elder Murdoch is a man “who meets power with power” and is not going to leave News Corp. willingly, biographer Michael Wolff told Bloomberg News. Wolff’s book, “The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch,” was published in 2008.

Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News.

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Call Scotland Yard: Britain’s Prime Minister Is in Deep Trouble

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011


David Cameron presented himself to British voters as the candidate of change. He certainly hasn’t let them down. The

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma following their meeting at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 18, 2011. (Photo: Jerome Delay / AP)

Prime Minister can claim personal responsibility for triggering a series of unexpected and convulsive changes to public life in Britain that have left Britons, in the words of one habitually understated government official, “gobsmacked and agog.” Over just two weeks, the turbulence has toppled Britain’s top cop and thrown London’s Metropolitan Police Service (widely known as the Met or Scotland Yard) into crisis, shuttered the nation’s biggest Sunday newspaper, led to the arrests of some of the most prominent names in journalism, revived the moribund career of Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband and shaken a global media empire to its foundations. And this is only the beginning as questions mount over the damage to Cameron’s own credibility.

It all goes back to a single decision taken by Cameron in 2007: to make Andy Coulson, a former editor of the now defunct tabloid the News of the World from 2003 to 2007, his communications supremo. Coulson had resigned from the News of the World after the prosecution of Clive Goodman, its royal editor, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator retained by the newspaper. The pair had hacked into the phones of the royal princes and their household. Coulson accepted “full responsibility” for what happened on his watch but has denied knowledge of illegal activities during his editorship or at any other time during his Fleet Street career. “There have been rumors about that kind of activity, I suppose, and media commentators have written about it,” he told members of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2009. “It has been in the ether of the newspaper world for some time, but no, I have never had any involvement in it at all.” Cameron deemed such assurances sufficient to give Coulson “a second chance,” and upped the stakes on this gamble by bringing Coulson with him to 10 Downing Street after scraping into power at the head of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 — this despite the emergence of fresh evidence that suggested the number of hacking victims might extend into the thousands and well beyond palace walls. Coulson’s second chance expired this January when he left his Downing Street post; he was arrested on July 7 by police investigating allegations of voicemail interception and corrupt payments to police.

(PHOTOS: Inside the World of David Cameron)

Coulson and the nine others arrested so far in relation to these two separate police inquiries must be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty by law. In overriding others’ advice to appoint Coulson, Cameron must be presumed naive or arrogant or unduly focused on schmoozing with the tabloid press and especially Coulson’s former bosses, Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch and his son James. If Coulson had not provided such a tempting target, Britain’s Guardian newspaper may not have pursued its investigations with such diligence and backbench critics of the Prime Minister probably wouldn’t have kept up their pressure to reopen inquiries into the News of the World. Even when the allegations that the tabloid commissioned the hacking of messages left for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler surfaced, Cameron could have responded to the shocking development with calm and authority. Instead he has found himself playing catch-up to Miliband, his novice opponent suddenly transformed into a caped crusader against what he calls “a culture of irresponsibility” that underpinned not only #hackgate but also the banking crises and the scandal over MPs’ and peers’ expenses. In the latest demonstration of Miliband’s newfound power, the Labour leader planned to use a speech on July 18 to call for Parliament to delay its summer recess to discuss the hacking affair and its extraordinary repercussions. Before he stood up to speak, Cameron used a press conference during a long-planned visit to South Africa to say he was inclined to extend the parliamentary session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rupert Murdoch Under FBI Investigation: News Corp. Reportedly Targeted Over 9/11 Victims Hacking Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 14, 2011

Definitely smells rat.
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Gordon Brown Speaks Out About Claims News International Targeted His Family’s Medical Records And Private Bank Details

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 14, 2011

No idea where this case will take to UK. This is becoming complicate­d and complicate­d everyday and becoming more serious too.
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Goverment Faces Pressure To Freeze Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB Takeover

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2011

Could this endanger Royals?
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‘News Of The World’ Ends 168 Year Run Amid Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2011

“James Murdoch, chairman of publishers News Internatio­nal, said the 168-year history of Britain’s best-selli­ng newspaper will come to an end when the final edition is published this Sunday. A spokeswoma­n refused to comment on speculatio­n that The Sun will now be published seven days a week.” Let’s wait until tomorrow
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