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IN THE NEWS - Britain Shaken by Media Phone Hacking

发布日期:7-9-2011

A woman speaks on her mobile phone outside the News International headquarters building that houses News of the World
A woman speaks on her mobile phone outside the News International headquarters building that houses News of the World

This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.

British reporters are known for doing almost anything to get a story. But reports that a newspaper secretly listened to telephone messages of murdered schoolgirls and other private citizens have produced shock and anger.

On Friday, British police arrested Andy Coulson, former editor of Britain's best-selling newspaper, News of the World. The investigation led him to resign in January as communications director to Prime Minister David Cameron.

The arrest came in a widening investigation of telephone hacking. Other accusations include paying police for information on stories. The Reuters news agency reported that Mr. Coulson was released on bail until a date in October.

Prime Minister Cameron promised Friday that a judge will lead a full public inquiry into the case after police complete their investigation.

DAVID CAMERON: "Murder victims, terrorist victims, families who have lost loved ones, sometimes defending our country, that these people could have had their phones hacked into, in order to generate stories for a newspaper, is simply disgusting."

He also called for a second investigation.

DAVID CAMERON: "The second inquiry should look at the culture, the practices and the ethics of the British press. In particular, they should look at how our newspapers are regulated and make recommendations for the future. Of course, it is vital that our press is free, that is an essential component for our democracy, for our way of life. But press freedom does not mean that the press should be above the law."

On Thursday, the company News International said it will stop publishing the weekly News of the World. News International belongs to Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation, also known as News Corp. The one hundred sixty-eight-year-old newspaper will publish for the last time on Sunday.

The case is not new. But new evidence may show that the phone of a murdered schoolgirl, Millie Dowler, was hacked while she was declared missing in two thousand two. Some phone messages may have been deleted to make room for more messages, giving her family false hope that she was still alive.

Police say possible victims also include relatives of those killed in the London transport bombings on July seventh, two thousand five. Others whose phones may have been hacked include parents of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Prime Minister Cameron called the hacking reports, "disgusting," "disgraceful" and despicable." But he himself is facing attention for having asked Andy Coulson to serve as his media adviser. Mr. Coulson resigned from News of the World in two thousand seven. He left when a reporter and a private investigator were briefly jailed for listening to the phone messages of aides to Britain's royal family.

The prime minister says Mr. Coulson told him he had no knowledge of the phone hacking incidents. He says he wanted to give Mr. Coulson a "second chance."

Rupert Murdoch was at a conference of media and technology leaders in Idaho on Thursday, but had no comment for reporters.

RUPERT MURDOCH: "I have nothing to say at this stage."

Rupert Murdoch was born in Australia. He became a citizen of the United States in nineteen eighty-five so he could buy American television stations. His father, Keith Murdoch, was a famous World War One reporter who later led an Australian newspaper group. After his father died, the younger Murdoch took control of the two newspapers that his father owned.

Today, he is a media "colossus," says Ivor Gaber, a journalism professor at London's City University.

IVOR GABER: "He doesn't control the media in every country but it's very difficult to travel to most parts of this world without encountering a Rupert Murdoch media product."

And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English. I'm Steve Ember.

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Contributing: Henry Ridgwell

网友的学习评论(6条):
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:27:42
The same thing is happening in China. The reporters try their best to find what can make the audiences focus on and they adopt several ways. But I don't know whether they listen to the messages in the telephone with which they can create stories about which the audiences might enjoy. But as the Internet is developing fast, it is easy to capture a photo that can catch millions of people's eyes and post it in the Internet whether it is true or not. I have heard that in a video
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:32:11
which has spread out the society for a long time there are two young persons making love with each other. This of course offends the two persons, but they have no idea what they can do to bring their sense of shame back. It is a secret thing when two people have sex, but the Internet violates this. The reason is that you don't know the person who post the video and you cannot prevent the person posting it. And because the Internet develops information in a rapid way,
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:37:7
nearly all the people who have access to the Internet know the secret that the two young persons have sex with each other. There are a lot of people who steal the private photos of people, especially the celebrities and sell them to the newspapers where they will be conducted for future publication. And the Internet also has a lot of the so-called false things that some of the reporters made up in order to capture the audience's eyes. And as for whether there are people listening
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:42:50
to private conversations carried through the telephone, I think there must be, but perhaps in different extent. And the tools to capture the different people's conversations are widespread in the Internet. You can pay for a tool to watch over your husband about whom you want to know what he is doing. And there are also some tools which have to be paid if you want to use them. There is a tool that can locate precisely, with just several meters error, where the person in question is.
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:48:30
These kinds of tools are often bought by women whose husband are rich. They want to know whether the rich man loves others besides her. And at last I would like to pose a situation in which both the husband and the wife have not anything to do. They slept in a low-class restaurant with only a bed in the room and one day they found a camera directly focusing on the bed. So the pictures of the two persons having sex were directly captured. They were annoyed and told the policemen.
作者:lvjiaying1984
7-9-2011 18:51:19
At last the boss of the restaurant admitted that they were deliberately capturing the pictures of the two persons having sex which they would sell to the manufacturer in which way they could earn a lot of money. I don't know whether other restaurants have videos capturing pictures of private things. But once we have found them, we should wipe them out in the first hour. The society needs privacy.
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