Saturday 14 December 2019

Tabloid's actions doomed Brooks

Sir --Under the headline 'Rupert as flawed father of the World', (Sunday Independent, July 17, 2011), Brendan O'Connor claims 'poor' Rebekah Brooks is a victim of prejudice, that snooty Guardian-reading types don't like her because she's a go-getting gal who knew what buttons to push on her rise to the top of News International. Worse still, she's a redhead who once worked as a secretary.

Nonsense.

Brooks is despicable because the reporters she employed hacked the voicemail of a missing 13-year-old girl, impeding the investigation into the girl's disappearance.

The public didn't care too much about NOtW reporters or investigators hacking the phones of royals or rock stars, but the scandal that erupted over their actions during the Milly Dowler case caused so much outrage that a 168-year-old newspaper, the biggest selling newspaper in Britain, had to close.

Joe Doyle,

Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3

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