- July 20, 2011
- Posted by: Madrigal Admin
- Category: Word of the Week Blog
The phone-hacking scandal also known as Hackgate, Rupertgate, or Murdochgate involved the News of the World and other British newspapers published by Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
Employees of the News of the World were accused of engaging in phone hacking and other illegal activities. Early investigations proved they had tapped the phones of celebrities, politicians and members of the British Royal Family. Later investigations in 2011 revealed it had occurred in the case of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, of relatives of British soldiers killed in action, and victims of the 7/7 London bombings.
The News of the World was sadly closed on 10 July 2011 ending 168 years of publication. The editors and senior people continue to deny involvement.
Hack and hacking are words very much associated with London and newspapers. This graphic shows how they evolved.