Murdoch Apologizes to Milly Dowler's Family for Hacking

Family says 'actions speak louder than words'
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 15, 2011 2:41 PM CDT
Rupert Murdoch, center, attempts to speak to the media after he held a meeting with the parents and sister of murdered school girl Milly Dowler in London.   (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)
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(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch has taken a step toward convincing the world he is, in fact, a human being. The embattled media mogul has apologized to the family of Milly Dowler, the schoolgirl murdered in 2002 whose phone was allegedly hacked by Murdoch's News of the World. He met with the family in a London hotel, and will also publish an apology to all the phone hacking victims in British newspapers this weekend, reports CBS News.

"I don't think somebody could have held their head in their hands so many times and said that they were sorry," says the family's lawyer of Murdoch. After Dowler went missing, the tabloid allegedly broke into her voicemail, mistakenly leading her family to believe she was still alive, Sky News reports. The family "told him that his papers should lead the way to set the standards of honesty and decency in the field, and not what had gone on before," the lawyer continues. "At the end of the day, actions are going to speak louder than words."

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