Twitter Campaign: Boycott Murdoch

Will Fox News, NY Post get swept up in exploding scandal fallout?

By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 12, 2011 1:40 AM CDT

(Newser) – Could Fox News and the New York Post get swept up in the fallout from the News of the World scandal? Determined Twitter and Facebook campaigns are urging the boycott of all Rupert Murdoch operations in the wake of the burgeoning phone hacking scandal at the shuttered British newspaper. Boycottmurdoch aims to organize “anti-Murdoch campaigners" for "effective action," while Boycott News International is urging a boycott of all of Murdoch's newspapers, reports the Telegraph. “As we do not have the ability to vote him out of power, we should do the next best thing: refuse to give money to anything produced or related to the Murdoch media empire, and raise awareness so that other people do the same," notes the boycott site. Murdoch's ambitious plan to run mammoth British broadcast operation BSkyB is already being threatened by the News of the World scandal.

British investigators, meanwhile, are preparing to question police officers as they probe evidence that cops were paid off by News of the World reporters for information on citizens, including their private phone records. It was also revealed that royal family members were likely among some 4,000 victims of phone hacking by the tabloid. Records were also apparently illegally obtained on former prime minister Gordon Brown and his family—including medical records of his son, who suffers from cystic fibrosis—by the News of the World, the Sun, and the Times of London, all owned by Murdoch, reports the Guardian.

A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdoch mask controls a puppet of British Prime Minister David Cameron.
A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdoch mask controls a puppet of British Prime Minister David Cameron.   (Getty Images)
A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdoch mask takes part in a protest against Murdoch's proposed takeover of BSkyB outside Britain's Houses of Parliament last week.
A demonstrator dressed in a Rupert Murdoch mask takes part in a protest against Murdoch's proposed takeover of BSkyB outside Britain's Houses of Parliament last week.   (Getty Images)
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