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Yesterday, it was announced that the former editor of The Sun and the News of The World, Rebekah Brooks, is to face charges of “perverting the course of justice” over the phone-hacking scandal. For those of you unfamiliar with this story, it has emerged in the last year or so that the News of the World, and possibly other tabloid newspapers, have been engaged for a number of years in illegal phone hacking of both celebrities and ordinary members of the public as a means of obtaining stories.

Rebekah Brooks, former editor of The Sun and The News of the World

So far the scandal has led to quite a few casualties. It led to Rupert Murdoch, the owner of News International in the Disunited Kingdom, and its parent company News Corp, shutting down the News of the World in July 2011, in an attempt to stem the flow of the scandal. It has also led to James Murdoch, Rupert’s son, stepping down as chairman of BSkyB, and to Rebekah Brooks herself stepping down as Chief Executive of News International in July 2011. There have also been a number of other resignations, even from the Metropolitan Police itself, including Sir Paul Stephenson, then the Metropolitan Police Commissioner.

The cover of the final edition of the News of the World, the DUK’s largest selling Sunday newspaper

Possibly the biggest scandal in all of this sordid affair is the way that the Police knew about this culture of phone hacking but for years turned a blind eye. It has been alleged that there was far too close a relationship between Scotland Yard and the News of the World, with each benefitting from a far too cosy relationship, and this led to the Police not properly investigating the phone hacking scandal when it first reared its head back in 2005.

It has also emerged that the Prime Minister, David Cameron, has had a very close relationship with Rebekah Brooks, including many private dinners, going horse riding with her (Cameron rode a horse that Brooks had been loaned by the Metropolitan Police!!), and allegations of inappropriate discussions between the two over Government handling over the phone hacking scandal.

From The Guardian’s article on this unfolding saga

My own feeling is that this scandal still has a long way to go. Already it is emerging to be one of the biggest political and legal scandals of recent times. So far, despite all the resignations, very few people have faced criminal prosecution. That may be about to change. As The Guardian, one of the main papers to have uncovered details of this scandal has said, this takes the phone hacking scandal to a new level.

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