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LONDON-After accusations of eavesdropping on celebrities, politicians and murder and terror victims, News of the World, world's the largest English language news publication will close its doors after Sunday's edition.
Earlier this year police began an investigation into the tabloid as charges of wire-tapping and eavesdropping were leveled at the newspaper. The investigation uncovered much more than what the authorities were expecting to find. They found evidence of wire tapping and eave-dropping on murder and terror victims in addition to politicians and celebrities.
In one instance the crime was so blatant that the perpetrators were emptying stale messages from a victim’s phone messaging center that they hacked into to make room for more messages to eavesdrop on. The newspaper is accused of numerous instances using similar tactics against families of fallen troops as well as victims of terrorists. The tabloid has also been accused of bribing police officers. The investigation on that and other criminal activity continues.
When news broke of the level of hacking that the tabloid was involved in, advertisers around the world began pulling their ads from the publication. Clients have left the publication in droves.
In an effort to keep the infection of departing advertisers from spreading Rupert Murdoch, owner of News International announced the closing of the doors. News International owns the Sun, the Times, and the Sunday Times in Britain. News International also owns the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, Harper Collins publishers as well as Fox News.