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GM, Ford Boycott Helps Shut Down Scandal-Plagued British Tabloid

Automakers among advertisers who pulled out after revelations Murdoch paper hacked v-mail of murdered teen.

by on Jul.07, 2011

A boycott following word that a young murder victim's v-mail was hacked will result in the closure of Britain's biggest newspaper.

A boycott by advertisers that included Ford, General Motors’ Vauxhall, Renault, Mitsubishi and others helped to bring down one of Britain’s tabloid powerhouses.

The Murdoch-owned News of the World will shut down, sending over 200 employees onto the street, as the result of a fierce backlash to revelations the paper had hacked into the voice mail of a teenage girl who disappeared in 2002 and was later found to be murdered.

The racy tabloid had also been accused of hacking into the v-mail systems of celebrities, sports stars, servants to the royal family and British government.  In the search for gossipy headlines the paper had also breached the phones of families of soldiers killed in the Mideast, as well as those of people killed in the terrorist bombing of the London transportation system.

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But the demise of the News of the World came quickly after it was revealed that its staff had hacked into the v-mail of Milly Dowler, a 13-year-old abducted while coming home from school. By deleting some messages, the paper led her family to believe she might still be alive – while also hampering the police investigation.


Ford, Renault, Vauxhall Pull Ads From Paper Accused of Hacking Murdered Girl’s V-Mail

News of the World already in trouble for hacking royalty, politicians, celebrities and victims of London bombings.

by on Jul.06, 2011

Murdoch's News of the World is accused of hacking Milly Dowler's v-mail after she was kidnapped and, it turns out, murdered.

Ford Motor Co. was one of the first companies to yank its ads from the popular News of the World following revelations of a deepening phone hacking scandal involving the London tabloid.

The newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., was already following revelations its employees had hacked into the cellphone voicemail accounts of a number of celebrities, as well as aides to members of the British royal family and government.  But the issue landed on the front page when a competing paper published reports that News of the World had gotten into the voicemail of a teenage girl who was abducted and murdered in 2002.

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“If (the allegations) are true, this is a truly dreadful act and a truly dreadful situation,” declared British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Conservative PM found himself in a particularly awkward situation as he is a close friend to Rebekah Brooks, the editor of News of the World in 2002 and the target of those demanding she resign because she ran the publication when Milly Dowler disappeared while walking home from school.