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Fear of Murdoch Curbed UK Leaks

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TEHRAN, July 22 (ICANA) – UK politicians were probably aware of the illegal phone-hackings at News of the World, but failed to take action for fear of their career bust by Rupert Murdoch's media empire, says a political observer.
Friday, July 22, 2011 8:23:19 PM
Fear of Murdoch Curbed UK Leaks

“Anyone who stood up against Murdoch and the news empire and (who was) in political life was well aware that their life would be ferreted opened, that their secrets would be revealed to the world and that they would be pilloried by the Murdoch press whenever possible,” Ian Williams, from Foreign Policy in Focus, told Press TV.

The analyst noted that this fear allowed Murdoch to dominate political life in Britain in a way that suited his ideological and economic interests.

“It's the effect of people like Murdoch ..., with their equivalent the Koch brothers in the US, which are helping to bring down the economies of the West,” he further explained.

Britain's now-defunct Sunday tabloid News of the World has been accused of hacking into the voicemail of a 13-year-old girl, Milly Dowler, who went missing in 2002 and was murdered by a nightclub doorman who has been convicted of the crime.

Journalists at the newspaper allegedly hacked into Dowler's voicemail in search of exclusive stories and deleted several messages on her cell phone, giving her parents false hope that she was alive as well as potentially damaging the police effort to find her.

Following the revelation, Rebekah Brooks, who was the editor of the scandalous paper at the time, issued a statement saying she was “appalled” and “shocked” when she heard the reports of the phone hacking.

Brooks resigned as News International chief executive on July 15 after coming under increasing pressure over Milly's phone hacking allegations.

Meanwhile, the reporter who blew the whistle on widespread phone hacking by the daily paper was found dead at his home in England.

On Monday, British Prime Minster David Cameron called for an emergency session of Parliament to brief lawmakers on the spreading phone hacking scandal, trying to gain control of a crisis that is threatening Murdoch's media empire, the upper echelons of London's police force and the country's leader himself.

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