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The News Of The World, one of the most popular tabloid papers in the UK, will run its last issue on Sunday. The Murdoch-owned paper is shutting down due to pressure over a huge phone hacking scandal.The 163-year-old paper is nicknamed “News Of The Screws” for its propensity to report about sex scandals. The paper goes to extreme lengths to get stories that their controversy-hungry readers will eat up.
We’ve put together a list of the paper’s “greatest hits” over past few years, including lawsuits, scandals caused by the paper and amazing scandals that is reporters have uncovered.
News Of The World ran a 'name and shame' campaign against sex offenders where they published their names, photos and locations. A mob of 150 people in Portsmouth, England targeted a convicted pedophile after reading about him in the paper. They burned and overthrew a car, and threw stones at him.
A pediatrician's home was vandalised because someone in a mob was confused about the meaning of the word. An innocent man wearing a neck brace was attacked because his photo looked similar to a pedophile whose photo ran in the paper. The News Of The World was blamed for the attacks on the doctor and the 'pedophile look alike.'
The News of the World ran this (slightly*) inaccurate headline on the sex life of Formula 1 Boss Max Moseley, and was taken to court over it. They were found guilty of violating his privacy and they paid him £60,000 in damages.
Source: The Guardian
Mazher is an undercover reporter for The News Of The World. He often poses as a fake sheik to get information from informants. He got a private tour of Buckingham palace this way, and exposed a plot to kidnap Victoria Beckham.
However, he paid the informant $16,000 about the Beckham story, so they could not be used as a reliable victim in court, and the alleged would-be-kidnappers were not convicted.
Source: The BBC
The News Of The World had a journalist go 'undercover' at a jail and took photos of a man of was later convicted of murdering two girls. After the news broke, the prisons minister in the UK called for an overhaul in security in the jail systems.
Source: News Of The World
While the news about the hacking scandal was breaking, Rupert Murdoch allegedly pressured then Prime Minster Gordon Brown to back away from the investigation. Brown did not, and Murdoch supported his opponent in the 2010 elections.
David Cameron, the Murdoch supported candidate, won the election.
Source: The Guardian
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