As far as breaking news stories go, the events surrounding NewsCorp and Rupert Murdoch in the recently branded “hack-gate” scandal have caused change so rapid, there are plans for a minimum height requirement. What initially began as a simple routine journalistic investigation into the goings on within NewsCorp (the multinational corporation that provides a large amount of the news to countries throughout the world) has ended the 30 year monopoly in our media. Clearly wounded, NewsCorp continues to reel from the effects the past fortnight has dealt to it.
Writing an article that holds relevant “current” information about Murdoch and NewsCorp is a tricky feat, as new information appears to be coming to light with every passing hour; not entirely helpful to us budding journalists… but I’ll give it a shot.
NewsCorp (compound of News Corporation) was founded in 1979 by a young Rupert Murdoch. Idealising firm conservative beliefs, Murdoch created an empire out of news and entertainment, the two most well-known being “The Sun” and the American television network “Fox”. Over the years, Murdoch has placed values and beliefs within Fox programming and The Sun newspaper that could be considered “right-wing”, or “Republican”. This incident isn’t the first in which Murdoch has been embroiled in scandal; scattered through the life of the corporation, there have been several incidents that NewsCorp have swept cleanly under the rug (as brilliantly revealed in the documentary “Outfoxed“). News Corporation uses various phrasing techniques and other such forms to twist stories in order to suit the needs of the messages they wish to send out.
It is these techniques that have landed the corporation in hot water. As all articles published under the “News Corporation” name have to have some fact and basis (however minimal), News Corporation’s newspaper “The News of the World” fronted by Murdoch, decided to take it upon themselves to gain information relating to crimes, celebrity gossip and other information. They did so by bugging phone devices, hacking email systems, breaking into phone conversations and bribing police, amongst other methods. The result is a trail of bugging and hacking incidents that at the time of writing can be dated back as far as the mid-1990s. The initial breaking news relating to this came when it was discovered by The Guardian (another newspaper, founded in 1821) that The News of the World had broken into missing teenager Milly Dowler’s mobile phone, and had deleted voicemails that are believed to have been potential pieces of key evidence. This also gave the family the belief that Milly was still alive, which tragically turned out not to be the case.
The plot grew thicker as it was revealed that similar incidents had happened with the Soham Murders (2002) and even within events of September 11th (2001). This generated mass public outcry, and a calling for closure of The News of the World led to the final issue being released on the 10th of July this year.
At the time of writing, Chief Executive during the hacking incident – Rebekah Brooks – has been arrested and is awaiting interrogation and trial. Rupert Murdoch, and his son James, are currently being interrogated regarding corruption at News Corp. Today (19th July) Rupert Murdoch was questioned for the first time, though proceedings were paused abruptly for a short period of time after a man broke the security and threw a pie (consisting of sliced bananas and shaving foam, contained in a foil dish) at Murdoch. Though the clownish concoction was intercepted by Murdoch’s wife, and thrown back at the man, this incident may have indeed done more harm than good for the cause of justice towards News Corporation.
It is hoped by this journalist that justice personally will be served, and Murdoch Sr and Jr will have their comeuppance for the illegal activities they have been a part of for so long.
If you wish to support the correct form of action towards News Corporation, long-term activist and musician Billy Bragg has released a free-to-download single “Never Buy The Sun”, which can be found at this link: http://www.billybragg.co.uk/sun.php
By Dan: YouthPress Journalist and Blogger (Running Backwards)
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