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The News of the World phone hacking scandal plumbed new depths last night, with the news Sara Payne’s phone had been targeted.
In a particularly sick twist, the phone in question had been given to her by the NotW. Friends of Sara have described her as “absolutely devastated and deeply disappointed” by the news, with one of her close friends saying “Sara is in bits about it”.
Payne had long been used by the tabloid, and disgraced former editor Rebekah Brooks in particular – she even mentioned the work she had done with her in her appearance before Parliament this month, in an attempt to portray the paper in a good light.
This latest news once again shows Brooks and News International up for what they are, for enabling a culture in which this can happen. Still in denial, still unrepentant, Brooks even had the gall last night to profess outrage and ignorance – calling the news “abhorrent” and claiming Sara was a “dear friend”.
Buffeted by scandal itself, CalPERS denounces News Corp.
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The reporters at the News of the World hacked cell phones to get tabloid scoops, and CalPERS is appalled.
In a statement last week quoted by many financial news outlets, Anne Simpson, the state pension fund’s corporate governance chief, denounced the “corruption of the governance system” at News Corp., the international media conglomerate commanded by Rupert Murdoch.
CalPERS owns a $110 million stake in News Corp., and Simpson seized on the illegal phone-hacking to criticize the company’s dual-class share structure, which allows Murdoch to keep control without owning a majority of the stock.
Private detective at heart of scandal ‘was told to hack’
The investigator at the heart of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal said Friday he acted on orders from the News of the World, casting doubt on claims by Rupert Murdoch’s empire that he was a rogue operator.Private detective Glenn Mulcaire broke his silence as a British parliamentary committee said it had ordered Murdoch’s son and heir apparent James to give written clarification of answers he gave on the scandal last week.
Breaking his silence …. Glenn Mulcaire. Photo: Reuters
The investigator at the heart of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal says he acted on orders from the News of the World (NotW), casting doubt on claims by Rupert Murdoch’s empire that he was a rogue operator.
Meanwhile a protester who splattered Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie when the media mogul was testifying to the same committee pleaded guilty at a court in London to assault and harassment.
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Pleaded guilty … Jonnie Marbles appears at Westminster Magistrates Court. Photo: Getty Images
Below are the latest selected stories on Rupert Murdoch and his infamous Phone Hacking Scandal and more …
July 29th, 2011 03:01 PM EDT
Jonathan May-Bowles aka Jonnie Marbles( Pic: AFP) The comedian, 26, said: “I would like to say this has been the most humble day of my life.” Those were the words the News Corporation boss used at the Commons committee hearing into phone-hacking last week. May-Bowles, of Windsor, Berks, also claimed police praised him for his foam attack on the media mogul. He tweeted after the Westminster magistrates hearing: “One said I was a legend.” Sentencing was adjourned until Tuesday. Search …
July 29th, 2011 03:06 PM EDT
The 26-year-old, also known by his comedy stage name of Jonnie Marbles, said outside Westminster Magistrates’ Court: “I would just like to say this has been the most humble day of my life.” The 80-year-old News Corporation boss used the same words as he began giving evidence at a Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing into the phone-hacking scandal earlier this month. Soon after, May-Bowles, of Edinburgh Gardens, Windsor, Berkshire, disrupted proceedings by launching the foam pie, …
July 29th, 2011 03:00 PM EDT
COMIC WHO THREW FOAM AT RUPERT MURDOCH FACES JAIL Arriving at court yesterday, self-styled comic Jonathan May-Bowle THE man millions of TV viewers saw attacking Rupert Murdoch with shaving foam was warned yesterday that he faces a jail sentence. Self-styled comedian Jonathan May-Bowles pleaded guilty to the assault and tried at City of Westminster magistrates court to postpone next week’s judgment date by claiming he had booked a holiday. But District Judge Daphne Wickham ordered him to be …
July 29th, 2011 03:53 PM EDT
Breaking his silence Glenn Mulcaire. The investigator at the heart of Britain’s phone-hacking scandal says he acted on orders from the News of the World( NotW) casting doubt on claims by Rupert Murdoch’s empire that he was a rogue operator. Meanwhile a protester who splattered Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie when the media mogul was testifying to the same committee pleaded guilty at a court in London to assault and harassment. Advertisement: Story continues below Pleaded guilty Jonnie Marbles …
July 29th, 2011 05:19 AM EDT
May-Bowles emerged from court after pleading guilty to charges of assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress to Mr Murdoch. But as he confronted waiting reporters, he mocked the octogenarian saying: I would just like to say this has been the most humble day of my life. The comment mimicked the phrase Mr Murdoch used as he gave evidence over the phone-hacking scandal before the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing last week, where May-Bowles attacked the 80-year-old. …
July 29th, 2011 02:50 AM EDT
Standup comic and UK Uncut activist Jonnie Marbles appears at Westminster Magistrates Court on July 29, 2011 in London May-Bowles, 26, of Edinburgh Gardens, Windsor, launched the attack as the 80-year-old gave evidence over the phone-hacking scandal at last week’s Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing. May-Bowles, also known as Jonnie Marbles, admitted the crime when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today. The defendant stood in the dock and spoke only to confirm his …
July 29th, 2011 01:31 PM EDT
The phone hacking saga took another twist on Thursday when it was revealed that Sara Payne, the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne, may have been a victim. Glenn Mulcaire insists he never acted unilaterally( Getty Images) Ex-News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks responded by claiming it was’ unthinkable’ that Ms Payne or anyone else involved in the campaign to strengthen child protection laws had been targeted by Mr Mulcaire. The private investigator, who was jailed in 2007 after …
July 29th, 2011 06:28 AM EDT
A British comedian who dramatically threw a shaving-cream pie at media tycoon Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal was convicted today of assault and causing harassment. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, splattered Murdoch with a plate of shaving foam as the 80-year-old News Corporation boss was testifying to British lawmakers on July 19 on the phone- hacking scandal involving News of the World, Britain’s biggest-selling Sunday paper, which was closed down on July …
July 29th, 2011 04:16 AM EDT
that the now defunct tabloid News of the World hacked the phone of the mother of another murder victim Sarah Payne. Eight-year-old Sarah’s case had been turned into a campaign by the tabloid.The recent phone hacking controversy had spiralled into a major controversy after it was revealed that murder victim Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked at the behest of the tabloid for information to be used in news stories. Sara Payne, mother of Sarah, was visited by officers from Scotland Yard, who …
July 29th, 2011 04:00 AM EDT
Comedian admits hurling foam pie at Rupert Murdoch during phone hacking hearing Last updated at 1:00 PM on 29th July 2011 A comedian who threw a foam pie at media mogul Rupert Murdoch was today convicted of assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, launched the attack as the 80-year-old gave evidence over the phone-hacking scandal before a parliamentary select committee. May-Bowles, also known as Jonnie Marbles, admitted the crime when he appeared at …
July 29th, 2011 09:34 AM EDT
Private detective Glenn Mulcaire broke his silence as a British parliamentary committee said it had ordered Murdoch’s son and heir apparent James to give written clarification of answers he gave on the scandal last week. Meanwhile a protester who splattered Rupert Murdoch with a foam pie when the media mogul was testifying to the same committee pleaded guilty at a court in London to assault and harassment. The scandal has dragged in police and politicians and spread to the United States and …
July 29th, 2011 09:40 AM EDT
Credit: Reuters/Parbul TV via Reuters Tv LONDON LONDON( Reuters) MPs said on Friday it was likely they would recall News Corp’s James Murdoch to clarify evidence on phone hacking he gave to a parliamentary committee following claims his testimony was “mistaken.” Parliament’s Culture, Media and Sport Committee said it would write to Murdoch to ask for more details about evidence he gave earlier this month about hacking allegations at the News of the World tabloid that has shaken his father …
July 29th, 2011 03:00 PM EDT
PHONE-HACKING: GLENN MULCAIRE “ACTED ON ORDERS’ Glenn Mulcaire dismissed suggestions he acted alone as he targeted victims THE private investigator at the heart of the phone hacking scandal insisted yesterday: “I was only obeying orders.” In a strongly worded statement from his solicitors, Glenn Mulcaire dismissed suggestions he acted alone as he targeted victims for the News of the World. The move turns up the heat on senior figures the day after it was revealed that phone details of the …
July 29th, 2011 03:35 AM EDT
Last updated at 12:08 PM on 29th July 2011 A comedian who threw a foam pie at media mogul Rupert Murdoch was today convicted of assault and causing harassment, alarm or distress. Jonathan May-Bowles, 26, of Windsor, launched the attack as the 80-year-old gave evidence over the phone-hacking scandal at last week’s Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee hearing. May-Bowles, also known as Jonnie Marbles, admitted the crime when he appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court today. Jonathan …
July 29th, 2011 03:06 PM EDT
Glenn Mulcaire’s lawyers strongly rejected suggestions he “unilaterally” hacked into the voicemails of victims without the newspaper’s knowledge. The statement came as Tory MP John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons culture, media and sport sel ect committee, said James Murdoch could be recalled to parliament after two senior executives at the newspaper claimed he knew about the widespread prevalence of phone-hacking back in 2008. Mulcaire’s lawyers said he was “effectively employed ” by the …
July 29th, 2011 05:20 PM EDT
Last updated at 21:20 ET The new team will report to Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers A new team of officers is set to investigate claims of computer hacking, the Metropolitan Police has announced. It will consider breach of privacy allegations received since January. It comes as the private investigator at the centre of phone-hacking allegations, Glenn Mulcaire, says he “acted on the instructions of others” . And the mother of murdered schoolgirl Sarah Payne said she was “very …
July 29th, 2011 04:56 PM EDT
Det Chf Insp Martyn Underhill has reported his concerns to police Follows news Sarah Payne’s mother Sara may also have had her phone hacked Last updated at 1:56 AM on 30th July 2011 A Senior detective who investigated the murder of schoolgirl Sarah Payne believes the News of the World may have hacked into deeply personal voicemails left on his mobile phone by her mother. Detective Chief Inspector Martyn Underhill, who was second-in-command of the probe into the murder, said the messages from …
July 29th, 2011 07:19 AM EDT
Glenn Mulcaire says he acted’ on the instructions of others’ Telegraph Glenn Mulcaire at home in Sutton Mulcaire was jailed with former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman for accessing the voicemails of public figures in January 2007. A firmly-worded statement issued by his lawyer today stated any suggestion that he may have acted” unilaterally ” was” untrue ” . Mulcaire has found himself facing questions over the extent of his involvement in the saga following fresh allegations that …
July 29th, 2011 03:34 PM EDT
James Murdoch, News Corp. deputy chief operating officer of News Corp., leaves Parliament in London after his testimony July 19. July By Janet Stobart and Joe Flint, Los Angeles Times Reporting from London and Los Angeles The British Parliament directed News Corp. Deputy Chief Operating Officer James Murdoch to further explain his knowledge of phone hacking by journalists at the company’s now-shut London tabloid News of the World and its other British papers. In a closed meeting Friday, …
July 29th, 2011 03:09 PM EDT
Media Jul. 0 views 0 recommendations Image via Wikipedia Did reporters at the New York Post ever make use of the illegal tactics favored by journalists at News of the World? No one has so far suggested they did, but just to be safe, News Corp is warning them to preserve any documents relating to the unlawful accessing of private information or the paying of bribes Please know we are sending this notice not because any recipient has done anything improper or unlawful, reads the memo sent to Post …
July 29th, 2011 05:21 AM EDT
LONDON: A British protester who threw a plate of foam at Rupert Murdoch during a parliamentary hearing into the phone-hacking scandal pleaded guilty in court to assault on Friday and quipped: “this has been the most humble day of my life.” Jonathan May-Bowles, a comedian who uses the nameJonnie Marbles, was borrowing the phrase famously used by Murdoch when he appeared before a panel of lawmakers earlier this month. Speaking to a crowd of reporters and photographers outside court in London, …
July 29th, 2011 08:35 AM EDT
Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed in 2007 for voicemail interception the private investigator at the heart of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal has said today that he only ever acted on the instruction of his employers. A statement issued to the Guardian by Mulcaire’s lawyer said that the investigator was “effectively employed ” by the News of the World from 2002 until 2007 and that “any suggestion that he acted in such matters unilaterally is untrue” . The statement adds: “As he …
July 29th, 2011 03:47 AM EDT
Jonathan May-Bowles, a comedian who uses the name Jonnie Marbles, also admitted causing harassment, alarm or distress during a short hearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, central London. The 26-year-old, from Windsor, west of London, hurled the “foam pie ” at Murdoch’s face towards the end of a meeting of the British parliament’s influential Culture, Media and Sport Committee. The 80-year-old’s third wife, Wendi Deng, who was sitting behind the media mogul, immediately jumped up and …
July 29th, 2011 01:35 PM EDT
July 29th, 2011 10:19 AM EDT
TodayArt Market Monitor’s Marion Maneker  spotted this snapshot–of embattled mogul Rupert Murdoch and wife Wendi at the April Gagosian exhibition”Picasso andMarie-Thrse: Amour Fou”–in the gallery’s Facebook album. Mrs. Murdoch is an investor in the “Pandora for art” start-up Art.sy, which Larry Gagosian advises. But hermost recent appearance on the art scene (on July 16, while Rome burned) was the Hamptons screening of “Snow Flower and the Secret Fan ,” hosted by rival …