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"News of the World" Shuts Down Amid Hacking Scandal

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

After 168 years of publication, the British tabloid "News of the World" is shutting down amid a hacking scandal that has destroyed the paper's reputation.

A number of employees are accused of hacking into the cell phones of some 4,000 crime and terror victims, troops killed in action, politicians and celebrities.

"Wrongdoers turned a good newsroom bad," said James Murdoch, son of publisher Rupert Murdoch, adding, "and this was not fully understood or adequately pursued."

An investigation is underway to determine exactly who was responsible. The Times of London, another Murdoch paper, said that arrests of reporters suspected in the hacking are expected in the coming days.

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Writing to the staff, News International CEO Rebekah Brooks said:

"It is almost too horrific to believe that a professional journalist or even a freelance inquiry agent working on behalf of a member of the News of the World staff could behave in this way."

News of the World is only published on Sundays. It claims to be the best-selling Sunday paper in Britain. The next issue will be its last.