Newspaper review: NoW hacking claims dominate papers


The latest allegations in the News of the World hacking saga once again fill the frontpages of the papers.

"Even war widows on hackers' hit-list" says the Daily Mail's headline, while the Daily Mirror declares the alleged developments "morally obscene".

In the Guardian, Simon Hoggart says in the special debate in the Commons "was like a conference on section 867 of Roget's Thesaurus".

Disgusting, appalling, sordid, immoral and revolting were just some of the words cited by MPs.

BskyB 'jeopardy'

The Financial Times describes Rupert Murdoch's newspaper operations in the UK as having been "engulfed" by "a positive tsunami of fresh claims".

If all the allegations are true, the Independent's Simon Carr says News International would appear to be "in breach of all the 10 commandments".

And also: "Magna Carta, the Bill of Rights, the Broadcasting Code and very possibly Newton's Laws of Motion."

Mr Murdoch's bid for outright control of BSkyB is now "in jeopardy", it adds.

Police pressure

The Guardian says "for years MPs have been terrified of the Murdoch press... but that has gone".

It thinks waving the merger through "would be extraordinary now", while the Mirror agrees the deal is in turmoil as the "sky falls in on Murdoch".

The Times thinks "it could be weeks" before the government decides whether or not to approve the takeover.

The paper points out it is not just the press who have been put "in the dock" by the scandal - but the police too.

Priceless Potter

The mood of the papers improves when they turn their attention to the final Harry Potter film, which receives its premiere on Thursday.

"Awesome stuff" is the unqualified verdict of the Mail. Its critic found the concluding battle "thrilling".

The Sun hails the "terrific movie... a great British success", saying "there were tears flowing and wailing in the aisles".

Meanwhile, the Mirror declares it "the end of an era".

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