Press 'Omerta': how newspapers' failure to report the phone hacking scandal exposed the limitations of media accountability

Bennett, Daniel and Townend, Judith (2012) Press 'Omerta': how newspapers' failure to report the phone hacking scandal exposed the limitations of media accountability. In: Keeble, Richard Lance and Mair, John (eds.) The phone hacking scandal: journalism on trial. Abramis, Bury St Edmunds, UK, pp. 145-162. ISBN 9781845495565

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Abstract

Explanations for the non-reporting of the phone hacking scandal need to delve beyond simplistic, if valid, assertions of industry cover-up. In order to explain why the majority of national newspapers failed to regard phone hacking as newsworthy, it is necessary to unpick a tangled web of contributing factors. This book chapter explores competing professional, political and commercial interests; the failure of other organisations - particularly the Metropolitan Police - to investigate the matter thoroughly; and the intimidating power of News International.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: accountability, journalism, Metropolitan Police, News, News International, News of the World, news values, newsworthiness, phone hacking, press, sources
Schools and Departments: School of Law, Politics and Sociology > Law
Depositing User: Judith Townend
Date Deposited: 05 May 2017 11:32
Last Modified: 05 May 2017 11:32
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/67677

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