Monday 19 March 2018

Murdoch's media empire has won race to the bottom

The 'News of the World' phone-hacking scandal makes it harder for ethical journalists to do their job now, writes Colum Kenny

IT can be all right for journalists secretly to record conversations. But what Rupert Murdoch's News of the World did went far beyond what is right. It has made life harder for ethical journalists and raises questions about the abuse of media power.

The scandal also makes it more awkward for Murdoch's News Corporation to get full control of the highly lucrative and powerful BSkyB TV company, in which it already has a big stake. Its attempt to do so is awaiting final official approval in Britain.

So with ruthless commercial precision, its News International subsidiary has rapidly closed the News of the World, and left all of that paper's journalists (guilty or not) in the lurch.

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