The Final Edition of The News of the World


Today, the UK national newspaper News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch, printed its final issue. The best-selling tabloid, which began publishing in 1843, has been embroiled in a phone-hacking scandal since 2006, when Clive Goodman, the royal editor, was jailed for illegally intercepting the voicemails of the royal family. More recently, the paper was accused of hacking into the voicemails of the relatives of deceased British soldiers, victims of the 2005 London bombings, and teenage murder victim Milly Dowler. Disgraced and faced with public outrage in the UK, the paper announced last Thursday that today would mark its final issue. The last edition of News of the World includes a full page apology for the scandal, reading, “We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards. Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry.” But don’t worry. If you act now, you can send away for your free souvenir edition. [via Washington Post]