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Hacking scandal is bad news for paper industry

Published 06/07/2011

Newspapers are fighting back from pressures coming from all directions - the availability of free news on the internet and the proliferation of TV news are all making the daily rush to the news-stand a thing of the past.

Now a mass-circulation tabloid has again been called to task for going to the sickening extremes of intercepting the mobile phone messages of missing girl Milly Dowler, who was later found dead.

The News of the World is reported to be losing major advertisers after the revelations, which followed an apology and settlement to Sienna Miller, one of many celebrities affected by its hacking practices. Now the families of murder victims Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman have been contacted by police investigating phone hacking.

The NOTW has been roundly condemned for its phone hacking, with even fellow journalists from the News Corporation stable using Twitter to condemn the Milly Dowler hacking.

With the business of newspapers already in a crisis, an ethical earthquake of this kind is the last thing it needs.

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