The media conglomerate, News Corp., founded by Rupert Murdoch that owns, among other things, the Fox News network, The Wall Street Journal, and the New York Post, is embroiled in a phone hacking scandal that may include victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Parker Waichman LLP is currently investigating these allegations, and our personal injury attorneys intend to hold News Corp. accountable if it is determined that any of its media companies illegally accessed voicemail or other private property belonging to 9/11 victims.
If you are a family member of a 9/11 victim who cell phones or voicemail may have been targeted and hacked by News Corp., you can fight back. To find out how our lawyers can help you hold News Corp., News of the World and Rupert Murdoch’s other media entities accountable in a potential phone hacking scandal lawsuit for this despicable form of tabloid journalism, we urge you to contact us today.
As reported in CNN recently, the News Corp. phone hacking scandal continues to grow, with the arrest over the weekend of a former Rupert Murdoch protégée, Rebekah Brooks. The scandal has also claimed the careers of the London police commissioner and the top cop at the U.K.’s Scotland Yard. Brooks was the head of News of the World when the alleged phone hacking took place. She was arrested on suspicion of corruption and conspiring to intercept communications in relation to the hacking debacle on Saturday, after turning herself in at a London police station. She had resigned her current position as CEO of News International, which publishes News Corp.’s U.K. titles, the day prior.
Over the weekend, Britain’s top police official, Sir Paul Stephenson, left amid allegations he employed expensive News Corp. operatives to advise Scotland Yard. London police commissioner John Yates, who was in charge of a 2006 investigation into illegal telephone intercepts by News of the World, resigned the same day. According to the Associated Press, the Independent Police Complaints Commission, a British police watchdog, says it has received allegations of potential wrongdoing in connection with phone hacking against Stephenson, Yates and two other former high-ranking police officers. Among them, that Yates inappropriately helped get a job for the daughter of former News of the World editor, Neil Wallis, one of 10 people arrested in the scandal.
Meanwhile, journalist Sean Hoare, one of the first to blow the whistle on the News of the World hacking scandal, was found dead today at his home outside of London. According to the British Press Association, Hoare’s death is being treated as “unexplained, but not thought to be suspicious.”
The News Corp. illegal phonea hacking scandal has already resulted in the demise of one of the company’s U.K. tabloids, News of the World. Reporters for the 168-year-old tabloid are known to have hacked thousands of phones, including those belonging to a teenage murder victim and British Prime Minister David Cameron.
U.K. media outlets are also reporting that News of the World may have hacked into phones belonging to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Some of that phone hacking may have occurred on U.S. soil. According to the U.K.’s Daily Mirror, a former New York City police officer who now works as a private investigator has charged that reporters wanted the victims’ phone numbers and details of their call logs in the time leading up to the attack on the Twin Towers. “[The investigator’s] presumption was that they wanted the information so they could hack into the ¬relevant voicemails, just like it has been shown they have done in the U.K.,” a Mirror source said.
Families of 9/11 terrorist attack victims are now demanding that U.S. authorities investigate these allegations into phone hacking scandal. In the U.S., where allegations that News of the World may have hacked or tried to hack phones belonging to victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Attorney General Eric Holder has confirmed the Department of Justice is investigating News Corp.
“There have been members of Congress in the United States who have asked us to investigate those same allegations and we are progressing in that regard using the appropriate Federal law enforcement agencies,” Holder told reporters during a trip to Australia.
The 9/11 victim hacking accusations have also sparked calls for investigations by several members of Congress, including senators Jay Rockefeller (D – W. Va), Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), Bob Menendez (D-NJ) and Barbara Boxer (D-CA), as well as New York Rep. Peter King (R).
News Corp. Cell Phone Hacking Victims Legal Help
The thought that reporters were attempting to gain access to the private information of 9/11 victims via hacking is truly sickening. If these allegations turn out to be accurate, it is vital that News Corp. be held accountable.
If your loved one perished in the 9/11 attacks, and you believe a News Corp.-owned media outlet was attempting to hack their voicemails, you have valuable legal rights. To learn how the lawyers at our firm can help you obtain justice in the name of your loved one, please fill out our online form or call 1-800-YOURLAWYER (1-800-968-7529) today to discuss how Parker Waichman LLP can help establish a phone hacking scandal lawsuit against News Corp and the British tabloid, News of the World.
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