Watchwoman on the Wall

Another newspaper bites the dust. More jobs lost.

Britain’s embattled News of the World, the world’s top-selling English-language newspaper, will shut down after Sunday’s edition. The scandal-hit tabloid, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., has been at the center of phone hacking charges.

Victims of the alleged phone hacking, where reporters are said to have obtained PIN numbers and listened to voicemails, include a teenage murder victim, celebrities, royalty and at least one man killed in the 2005 London bombing.

Murdoch has condemned the allegations against News of the World as “deplorable and unacceptable.” Murdoch’s media empire extends to the U.S. to include Fox News and the Wall Street Journal.

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