Destroyed hacking victims deserve extensive Congressional investigation says major media group
Rebekah Brooks, former executive of Rupert Murdoch’s British tabloids was arrested Sunday in London in connection with the phone hacking scandal that, within the last 48 hours, 100,000 people have said they want Congressional investigation on the conspiracy that has impacted Americans according to the BBC.
Before Murdoch is forced to appear before Parliament Tuesday, authorities are “questioning Brooks, who resigned today, on suspicion of conspiring phone hacking and on suspicion of corruption” ABC News Reported Sunday.
“Bullying” news reporters and media to follow his political agenda, the head of four major US media outlets, Murdoch could face imprisonment.
Hugh Grant, star of the romantic comedy “Four Weddings and a Funeral,” has now sued London’s Metropolitan Police, two months after he taped a former tabloid journalist saying phone hacking was widespread. Jude Law also sued News Corp. over phone hacking at News of the World and has now filed a new complaint in London on June 17, according to court records. Law’s latest suit involves News Corp.’s Sun newspaper, according to Associated Press.
The FBI is investigating media baron Murdoch employees for tapped phones of 911 victim families, raising questions among other victims, news reporters, celebrities and politicians not following Murdoch political agenda, who may have also been hacked.
Within the last 48 hours, over 100,000 people have signed a petition for thorough Congressional investigations according to Media Matters that reports people from both sides of the aisle have stepped forward in agreement.
“We saw the British spend 6 years waiting to hold Murdoch accountable for these offenses,” stated Matt Butler, President and CEO of Media Matters on Sunday.
“In those 6 years, there were 4,000 victims, including a terror victim, politicians, celebrities, and a 13-year old teenager who was tragically murdered. Why did it take so long? Because Murdoch is so powerful that people were afraid to stand up to him.”
Dirty tricks of the right impact everyone, especially human rights advocates
“For years… we’ve tracked the lies and deceit coming from Fox News. Now it appears that it’s not just Fox that’s the problem,” states Media Matters.
“The pattern of News Corp.’s misbehavior goes much deeper: citizens in the US,” states Media Matters.
Questions remain about not only hacking phones. What about the hacking of websites where articles have been published that are contrary to the Murdoch political agenda?
Phone tapping and hacking today include capacity to erase phone messages as criminals see fit to help destroy victims.
As ABC News reported, Murdock “destroyed” those who have not followed his political line, one that does not typically advocate human rights, as evidenced in Media Matters investigations of FOX News, that is not covering Murdoch’s scandal very aggressively according to the Chicago Daily Herald.
Hacking is nothing new to human rights reporters. In one of the largest hacking of human rights journalists, in 2010, Reporters Without Borders reported being “deeply disturbed and outraged by cyber-attacks on the Google E-mail accounts of several Beijing-based foreign journalists” after The Foreign Correspondents’ Club of China (FCCC) sent members a note alerting that at least two foreign news bureaux in Beijing were targeted for attacks by hackers.
The warning follows Google’s revelation that the Gmail accounts of several dozen Chinese human rights activists were the target of sophisticated attacks in December.
“The hackers who targeted foreign journalists based in Beijing were probably trying to get contact details and information about the human rights activists who talk to the international press,” Reporters Without Borders said.”
Reporters Without Borders has a “Handbook for Bloggers and Cyber-Dissidents” on its website that offers practical advice and techniques to help Internet users circumvent censorship, identifying the method best adapted for each situation and helping internet users determine if they are being hacked.
“Murdoch also is despised by union workers who still remember how he used a new printing plant to foil a printers’ strike in the gritty London district of Wapping in 1986 and 1987,” reported The Daily Herald.
“Nic Oatridge, who lived in the area, recalls seeing police regularly harass and arrest picketers while making sure delivery trucks got into and out of the printing plant. That fed his suspicions that the police were in Murdoch’s pocket.”
All news reporters and news readers as well as targeted groups have what Media Matters calls a “deep personal stake in exposing the truth and making sure those responsible pay the consequences for any wrongdoing.”
“Murdoch’s cover-up is falling apart, with serious consequences for hacking victims and News Corp. shareholders.” stated Butler.