Press ‘Omerta’: How Newspapers’ Failure to Report the Phone Hacking Scandal Exposed the Limitations of Media Accountability
THE PHONE HACKING SCANDAL: JOURNALISM ON TRIAL, Bury St Edmunds: Abramis, January 2012
18 Pages Posted: 10 Feb 2012
Date Written: February 7, 2012
Explanations for the non-reporting of the phone hacking scandal need to delve beyond simplistic, if valid, assertions of industry cover-up. In order to explain why the majority of national newspapers failed to regard phone hacking as newsworthy, it is necessary to unpick a tangled web of contributing factors. This book chapter explores competing professional, political and commercial interests; the failure of other organisations – particularly the Metropolitan Police – to investigate the matter thoroughly; and the intimidating power of News International.
Keywords: journalism, phone hacking, accountability, press, news, newsworthiness, news values, sources, Metropolitan Police, News International, News of the World
JEL Classification: L82
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