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article imageOp-Ed: News Corp phone hacking — who’s to blame?

By Andre C James     Jul 20, 2011 in World
With the death of News Corp phone hacking whistleblower Sean Hoare reported on Monday, there will be a number of relieved policemen, politicians and ex News Corp employees.
According to police, the cause of Sean Hoare's death was "not determined" but classified as "not suspicious." It is possible that he might have died of a drug overdose but the timing and manner in which he died raises concerns over the protection of whistleblowers when police officers and politicians are involved in the criminal activity uncovered.
With proof that former and current police officers were aware of and failed to act on the crimes and with Hoare’s statement implicating former News of the World editor, Andy Coulson, who most recently served as Prime Minister David Cameron's communications chief, stating that he (Coulson) knew of and condoned the hacking, it must be asked, just how far up the News Corp and Met police ladder was this illegal and unethical practice condoned?
With Murdoch’s tight grip on public perception through his media empire and his denial at this week's parliamentary hearing of ever knowing of this activity in his businesses, you can bet your bottom dollar that Murdoch’s going to walk away from this mess unscathed. With the general public baying for blood and increasing pressure on government to take strong action, rest assured heads will roll.
So who’s going to take the rap, Rebekah Brooks perhaps? What about the police officers who failed to act on the illegal activity and those that participated in the activity? One thing is for sure, when wild dogs are unleashed there’s bound to be blood and death.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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