Hacking Scandal Spreads to TV
The News of the World’s phone hacking scandal may be the news story of the year, but it ain’t over yet. Ofcom is now investigating allegations that Sky News hacked into private email accounts to obtain news stories, and US film-maker Michael Moore strongly believes Fox News will be next under the microscope.
Sky News has admitted to accessing the email account of ‘Canoe Man’ John Darwin, in order to prove that his wife was also involved in the insurance scam. Although the broadcaster insists the act was in the public interest, Ofcom is now investigating this and other allegations of unlawful email hacking. A statement from the regulator reads: “Ofcom is investigating the fairness and privacy issues raised by Sky News’ statement that it had accessed without prior authorisation private email accounts during the course of its news investigations. We will make the outcome known in due course.”
As well as in the UK, American film-maker Michael Moore believes US broadcaster Fox News is responsible for phone hacking in his home country. During a film festival in New York, Moore predicted that the hacking scandal would hit US shores very soon as ‘he doesn’t believe it just happens in Great Britain’. American lawyer Mark Lewis is currently preparing to represent four clients who allege their phones were hacked by Murdoch papers whilst in the US. Lewis is also investigating other breaches of privacy which relate not necessarily to hacking but other illegal acts relating to accessing personal information.