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Murdoch journalists stunned

Faux has journalists? who knew???

Murdoch journalists stunned by paper's closure

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(Reuters) - Journalists at the British tabloid shut down by Rupert Murdoch broke down in tears on Thursday and expressed shock, sadness and fury at the unexpected fallout of a phone hacking scandal.

Many blamed Murdoch's most senior British newspaper executive and close confidante - Rebekah Brooks - for the bolt from the blue which will put dozens, maybe hundreds, of employees of the financially successful newspaper out of work.

News International, Murdoch's company, is standing by Brooks who was editor of the News of the World when some of the gravest offences were alleged to have taken place.

"They're closing down a whole newspaper just to protect one woman's job," one reporter who asked not to be named told Reuters. "There is a feeling of seething anger and pure hatred toward her. People are just in a complete state of shock."

Others charged that they were being punished for the crimes of their predecessors as many were not working for the Sunday paper when the hacking supposedly took place.

News Corporation said it would close the 168-year-old paper after this Sunday's edition following months of mounting allegations about the conduct of its journalists over a period dating back almost 10 years.

The News of the World, which sold around 2.6 million copies in April, dominates the Sunday tabloid market like its stable mate, The Sun, dominates the market during the week.

The paper was accused of hacking in to the voicemails of thousands of people, from child murder victims to the families of Britain's war dead and those caught up in the London bombings in 2005.

"I am absolutely devastated," one of the paper's sub-editors said. "A lot of people are paying the price for the mistakes of their predecessors, none of whom are working for the paper any more. It's awful.

"A lot of journalists have lost their jobs this evening and for what?"
For the travesty of pretending sensationalism & political lies are journalism.
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