This video from Britain says about itself:
Hacking: Milly Dowler’s Mother Describes False Hope
The parents of murdered school girl Milly Dowler have told how media intrusion gave them false hope their daughter may still be alive.
Sally Dowler told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards about her excitement as it appeared Milly had been accessing her voicemails after going missing in 2002.
She said: “I rang her phone and it clicked through on to her voicemail and I just jumped and said: ‘She’s picked up her voicemails Bob, she’s alive’.”
It later emerged that the News of the World commissioned private detective Glenn Mulcaire to hack Milly’s phone after she disappeared.
Two days ago, on my blog, an item about James Murdoch, son of Rupert Murdoch, resigning at satellite TV network BSkyB in a phone hacking scandal.
I quote from it:
April 3, 2012 | 6:49 am
REPORTING FROM LONDON — James Murdoch said Tuesday he is stepping down as chairman of the satellite TV network BSkyB amid Britain’s ongoing phone-hacking scandal and accusations that newspapers under his leadership broke the law and tried to cover it up.
In a letter to other members of the BSkyB board, Murdoch indicated he had decided to resign because of the constant stream of negative publicity surrounding News Corp., whose British arm, News International, is under investigation in the hacking scandal.
“As attention continues to be paid to past events at News International, I am determined that the interests of BSkyB should not be undermined by matters outside the scope of this company,” Murdoch wrote. “I am aware that my role as chairman could become a lightning rod for BSkyB and I believe that my resignation will help to ensure that there is no false conflation with events at a separate organization.”
So, James Murdoch’s damage control spin was that even though News International, where he had been boss, was a phone-hacking criminal gang, on the contrary BSkyB, where he resigned as boss, was squeaky clean and innocent from crimes like phone-hacking or computer-hacking; so, it was totally “separate” though being another part of the Murdoch empire.
That untruth managed to outrun the truth for just two days.
From Associated Press today:
Posted on Thursday, 04.05.12
UK’s Sky News: We hacked in the public interest
By RAPHAEL SATTER
LONDON — Rupert Murdoch‘s Sky News channel twice authorized its reporters to hack into computers, a potentially embarrassing revelation that could further dent the media tycoon’s hope of acquiring full control over satellite broadcaster BSkyB.
Shares in BSkyB fell about 2.8 percent following the news to 639 pence ($10.11).
Sky’s public interest defense immediately drew skepticism from British legal experts.
David Allen Green, media lawyer at Preiskel & Co., said that there was no such thing as a public interest defense as far as Britain’s Computer Misuse Act was concerned.
“It is not possible for the editor of any news organization to authorize criminal acts,” said Green, who’s been a frequent critic Murdoch’s News Corp.
The revelation, first reported in Britain’s Guardian newspaper, is a further headache for Murdoch, whose international media empire has spent the better part of a year in the spotlight over widespread illegal behavior at his now-defunct News of the World tabloid.
News Corp. owns a 39.1 percent stake in BSkyB, which owns Sky News, and Murdoch was forced to abandon a potentially lucrative bid for full control of the broadcaster after the scandal boiled over in July.
Four journalists and a police officer are among 11 suspects referred to prosecutors by Scotland Yard’s phone-hacking squad, director of public prosecutions Keir Starmer QC revealed today: here.
Ofcom confirmed on Monday it was investigating Sky News’s hacking of private email accounts: here.
Sky News boss John Ryley admitted to the Leveson Inquiry yesterday that the company broke the law by hacking emails: here.