The popular and infamous British tabloid News of the World will publish its last edition this Sunday, and revenue from the last issue will be given to charity. The closure of the 168-year-old paper comes as allegations threaten to overwhelm Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.
Among the allegations are that News of the World’s staff and agents hacked into the voice mails of murder victims and their families, including an accusation that the tabloid intercepted the phone messages of Milly Dowler, a British teenager found dead in 2002. The scandal has forced British Prime Minister David Cameron to concede that a public inquiry is necessary.
The decision to close the scandal sheet came from the highest level, with Chairman James Murdoch of its parent company, News International (a division of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp), saying the paper has been “sullied” by bad behaviour, and that its actions were “inhuman” if the allegations are true.