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Video: Police Corruption and the Loss of Privacy

While most serious British news organisations have attempted to explain the fallout from the News of the World (NOTW) phone-hacking scandal, few reports demonstrate the severity of the situation as well as this 15-minute feature by London’s leading independent video news distributor, Journeyman Pictures.

Clearly, over the past 30 years, the relationship between the British media, police and politicians has become increasingly nefarious, resulting in the sale of private information and the resignations of former NOTW editor Rebekah Brooks, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson, and the Prime Minster’s ex-communications chief, Andy Coulson.

The phones of around 4,000 people were hacked by the NOTW, but police have informed less than 200 victims so far.

They include Graham Foulkes, a magistrate from Manchester whose son died in the 7/7 bombings.

After the terror attacks, Foulkes says police told him the NOTW assembled a file with his name, address, landline and mobile number, and the numbers of relatives.

He suspects cops sold his details to the newspaper’s parent company, News International, but can’t understand why his son’s phone was targeted. Watch his moving interview, below.

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Tags police, politics, media, news of the world, government, 7/7 bombings, notw, rebekah brooks, phone hacking, Andy Coulson, Journeyman Pictures, Sir Paul Stephenson, Graham Foulkes, news international
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