The news that tabloid paper News of
the World has hacked mobile phones in order to get stories is not new. We have had the names of victims from the world of showbiz, politics and sport.
The original claims shocked people but it is only now that the general public are turning against the News of the World. The reason for this mood change is the new claim that a private detective working on behalf of the News of the World hacked the mobile phone of murdered teen Milly Dowler.
The claims date from 2003 when Milly Dowler was missing. The News of the World reportedly hacked into the missing teenager’s phone and deleted voicemail messages. An action which has sickened everyone involved, not least Milly’s parents.
It has also emerged today that the families of murdered school girls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman have been contacted by police as part of the ongoing investigation into phone hacking. The girls who were murdered in 2002 by Ian Huntley went missing in their homes in Soham.
These fresh claims have placed pressure on Rebekah Brooks who was editor of News of the World at the time. Rebekah Brooks who is now Chief Executive of News International is facing calls for her to resign. An online campaign to boycott the News of the World has been gathering pace in the past 24 hours. The campaign on twitter has called for major advertisers to pull out of deals with the newspaper.
UK Ford, the car manufacturer have confirmed this evening that their advertising deals will be on hold pending the outcome of the investigations. It is expected that other companies will follow suit.
If you, like me, feel sickened by these claims and feel that the News of the World should pay the highest price then I urge you to spread the word. Let’s ensure that that no one buys the paper this Sunday, let’s ensure that no one advertises in the paper this Sunday. Rebekah Brooks needs to get the message that the British public will not stand for this behaviour.