Friday, July 8, 2011

How Far is Too Far?: British Tabloid Folding Because of Scandal

British tabloid News of the World, the seventh largest circulating paper in the world, will be publishing its final edition on Sunday due to allegations that the publication hacked into cellphone messages in order to get attention grabbing-headlines.

News of the World has been accused of hacking into the phones of missing children, grieving families, celebrities, royals, and politicians in order to gain information for news stories. "If recent allegations are true, that behavior was inhuman and has no place in our company" said James Murdoch, News International chairman.

It does seem to be agreed upon that this is an unethical way to obtain information, but who should be held accountable? The reporters who did the hacking? The editor Rebekah Brooks? Who do you think should be held accountable? And do you think other publications use similar ethically-questionable ways to obtain information?

Let us know what you think. And check-out the full story on msnbc

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