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Embroiled in a crisis, News of the World runs last issue

by Jorge Hernandez on July 11, 2011

Mired in controversy, the News of the World bid farewell to readers with its final edition on Sunday. Despite the closing of the popular newspaper, the phone-hacking scandal that caused its demise is still having far-reaching ramifications as Rupert Murdoch attempts to mitigate the growing crisis.

According to The Associated Press, there have been a growing number of allegations against the once-mighty newspaper. In addition to hacking the phone messages of a young murder victim, there have also allegations made that reporters attempted to tap the phones of victims of the September 11 attacks.

"We praised high standards, we demanded high standards but, as we are now only too painfully aware, for a period of a few years up to 2006 some who worked for us, or in our name, fell shamefully short of those standards," a message on the newspaper's website said. "Quite simply, we lost our way. Phones were hacked, and for that this newspaper is truly sorry."

The final edition comes after Andy Coulson, who was the editor of the New of the World form 2003 to 2007, was arrested. According to The Guardian, Coulson was arrested on Friday because he was believed to be involved in the phone hacking scandal.

The crisis may have severe consequences for Murdoch, who was in the process of attempting to gain control of British Sky Broadcasting. However, as a result of the controversy, Prime Minister David Cameron has called for reform on media regulations that could prevent Murdoch from adding even more companies to his already massive News Corp. empire, which includes The Wall Street Journal, Fox News and The New York Post.

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