Talking Of The Death Of Journalism

July 9th, 2009 | researchmaterial

I’ve been so busy today that I’ve not had time to follow this huge story, and I guess it hasn’t broken internationally yet:

Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists’ repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.

The payments secured secrecy over out-of-court settlements in three cases that threatened to expose evidence of Murdoch journalists using private investigators who illegally hacked into the mobile phone messages of numerous public figures and to gain unlawful access to confidential personal data including tax records, social security files, bank statements and itemised phone bills. Cabinet ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars were all targets of the private investigators.


9 Responses to “Talking Of The Death Of Journalism”

  1. Here journalists just rewrite press releases without even googling first and get played for saps (see: http://www.medgadget.com/archives/2009/07/an_intriguing_medical_technology_story.html) , while these people are at least trying to bring in what used to be called ‘news’. Thus, I give em’ a D for effort.

  2. Looks like someone should’ve paid up on their journalist’s insurance. Sure, the premiums are sky-high, but it still would’ve been cheaper than settling out of court, not to mention the bad meta-press.

  3. I first heard about this on Newswipe (or at least the ridiculous amount of illegal methods to secure news stories anyway). It’s all a bit intimidating really. I feel sorry for anyone wanting to enter journalism right now.

  4. Little Bastard is watching you!

  5. Felt a small twinge when I read the words “Murdoch journalists,” as if it were a school of journalism (or necromancy).

  6. there’s been a fair bit on the news today about the News of the World’s, uh, “journalists” basically listening to the phone messages of various celebrities and politicians. Quite scary really.

    (ugh, “Murdoch journalists”. People on his papers/networks are as much journalists as people who work for Playboy. Or the Fortean Times, maybe.)

  7. There are no journalists anymore.

  8. Can everyone please just take a fucking reality check on this? How else do you think the majority of stories were picked up? There’s a million variations on this theme – hacking phones, getting passed copies of phone bills – all of which can be done without a news editors official knowledge.

    I’m not defending this at all but I can’t believe the faux outrage from some quarters – especially the BBC and certain newspapers. Most UK press have done this in one way or another, the only difference has being justifying ‘public interest’ and ‘shit the public will be interested in’.

  9. Well…beats the hell out of his Italian counterpart anyway:

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/europe/article6703245.ece

    That’s scary stuff right there! =/