British PM calls inquiry into phone hacking scandal

Tabloid allegedly hacked phones of murder and terrorist victims

British Prime Minister David Cameron said Wednesday that his government wants to conduct public inquiries into the phone-hacking scandal involving British tabloid News of the World. The paper has been accused of hacking into the phone messages of a 13-year-old girl who was murdered after she disappeared in 2002. There are also allegations that News of the World, owned by News Corporation honcho Rupert Murdoch, hired a private detective to hack into the phones of relatives of people killed in the June 2005 terrorist attacks on the London transit system. Advertisers are criticizing the tabloid’s conduct, and some have withdrawn their ads.

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