UK: We've Got Hundreds of New Phone-Hacking Victims
As British pols unveil Leveson inquiry
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 18, 2013 12:04 AM CDT
A sign for the News of the World newspaper is seen outside the offices of its owner News International Ltd., in London. in this file photo.   (AP Photo/Matt Dunham, File)

(Newser) – A lawyer for victims of phone hacking by the News of the World says a new conspiracy uncovered by British investigators has hundreds of potential victims. Hugh Tomlinson made the announcement today at Britain's High Court during legal arguments related to lawsuits against News of the World publisher News International. He didn't go into much detail, other than to say that those hundreds of victims could demand millions of extra pounds in damages.

The revelation came on the same day British politicians said they had struck a last-minute deal over press regulation. "I think we have got an agreement which protects the freedom of the press ... but also protects the rights of people not to have their lives turned upside down," a senior opposition leader said. The new regulator would be independent of the media and would have the power to force newspapers to print prominent apologies. Submitting to the regulatory regime would be optional, but media groups staying outside the system could risk substantial fines if they get stories wrong.

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trailmix
Mar 19, 2013 10:47 AM CDT
Put Rupert in Prison NOW, while he still has time to serve at least 5 to 10.
brandonH
Mar 19, 2013 8:50 AM CDT
Dante referred to a 'special place' for men like this....AND his son. However, maybe 'construction' hasn't quite been completed yet on that special place for THIS guy and THAT'S why he's still enjoying that gazpacho.
Neuman
Mar 18, 2013 11:13 AM CDT
Rupert Murdock just jumped the gun here. Had he waited a few more years after all of our rights to privacy have finally been rescinded then this would have never been a crime.