How to let News Of The World advertisers know how you feel about them funding phone-hacking

July 5th, 2011 36 Comments By Andy Dawson

millie How to let News Of The World advertisers know how you feel about them funding phone hackingSo, unless you read certain newspapers (mainly those published by News International), you’ll be aware that a pretty serious allegation has been made against the News Of The World. Namely that a private investigator employed by the paper hacked into the mobile phone of Millie Dowler while she was missing in 2002.

It is alleged that as part of his work for the News Of The World, Glenn Mulcaire intercepted some messages and deleted others once Millie’s voicemail inbox was full – thereby creating false hope that Millie was in fact still alive and that she had deleted the messages herself.

If it’s true, you might agree that it’s reprehensible stuff, truly beyond the pale. You might also be wondering if there’s any action you can take, as a consumer, that will let the News Of The World know how you feel about this. You could stop buying it. But what if you don’t actually buy the paper – you can’t stop buying something you don’t buy to begin with. Is there anything else you can do?

Luckily, what with the modern world being what it is, there most definitely is. You could register your disgust with the companies that advertise in the News Of The World and try to persuade them not to promote their wares within the paper’s tawdry pages.

If you’re a Twitter user, you could send messages to them – here’s a simple-to-use page that allows you to send tweets to some NOTW advertisers with the greatest of ease.

Or, if you prefer an even more personal approach, you might consider emailing senior executives at some of those companies. Click here for a PDF containing a list of email addresses. There’s also a version of the list here in an Excel file, which you could use to mail-merge if that’s your sort of thing.

Alternatively, if you’d like to contact the Press Complaints Commission, @msjenniferjames adds that “For the form, the codes violated by #NOTW are: 3.1, 5.1, 10.1 and 16.2.”

Of course, we should reiterate that the allegations about the Millie Dowling phone hacking haven’t been proven as yet, but we won’t exactly be putting our houses on it all being a load of made-up guff.

(‘Tweet This’ list created by @thegreatgonzo, and email addresses compiled by @EroticPuffin)

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  1. Posted by Billy July 5, 2011 at 10:35 am

    My stomach churned at the allegations.

    I certainly would never consider such a purchase again.

    However I’m a 2 faced shit and if they have an exclusive on my teams latest transfer target I’ll pick up a copy of read online (if not behind the paywall).

  2. Posted by Lauren Rachel Jones July 5, 2011 at 11:27 am

    News of the world should be shut down immediatly.

    I bet somehow they will wriggle out of the legalities of it all.

  3. Posted by Justice 96 July 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    This newspaper corporation has represented the worst of what we have in this country for years, anyone buying it should be ashamed.

  4. Posted by Mojo Jojo July 5, 2011 at 11:34 am

    What headlines would NOTW (and othe N.I. titles) use if these allegations had been made against, say, The Guardian or The Mirror?

  5. Posted by Marky Mark July 5, 2011 at 11:52 am

    And where is the story on The Sun’s web site? On the front page, like all the other papers? Er, no.

    There it is! Half way down in a minor column sandwiched between a story about Rio Ferdinand and one about Danny Wallace. No, honestly.

    The Sun’s biggest story is about Cheryl Cole.

    I think News International should be barred from publishing anything until an inquiry has determined if they’re fit and responsible to publish at all.

  6. Posted by eddiex July 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm

    I took out a new sky subscription a couple of months back, got a deal on 6 months free HD.Also ties me into another years contract . Anybody any ideas how I could get out of it and bin Sky ?

  7. Posted by Chris July 5, 2011 at 12:31 pm

    One only has to scan the Wikipedia entry for News Corp to see what is REALLY frightning about all of this. Looking at the news media power held by one company, one man, makes my skin crawl. Once an attitude of “a story at any cost” has become endemic within an organisation, it becomes almost impossible to stop. When that attitude pervades an organisation with THAT much power, we should all take note.

    The NOTW advertisers are in a difficult position as are the retailers. News Corp as a whole allows access to a massive audience. It will take a brave company to stand up against them. Let’s hope there are a few.

    This issue goes right to the top and always has. THAT’s where eyes should be focussed once the NOTW has been dealt with.

  8. Posted by Avon Barksdale July 5, 2011 at 12:54 pm

    Ed Miliband has said that Rebekah Brooks should “consider her position”. Wow – that told her! Straight for the jugular!

  9. Posted by br04dyz July 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm


    “Straight for the jugular”….thats the best way to kill a circus.

    If you think about the deleting voice mail thing, its actually a pretty clever thing to do in a missing person case IF the police are doing it and the family are aware.

    The paper will get away with it as someone booked an annon tipoffer to do it. This PI dude will be roasted alive and his employer will waltz away…again.

    Then this Sunday, we will hear about the terrible things Ryan Gigs has been up to and will be shocked all over again!

  10. Posted by Phil Mitchell July 5, 2011 at 1:37 pm

    Rebekah Brooks said “in my defence, at the time I was married to Ross Kemp and spent a lot of time bewildered due to the dazzling light constantly reflecting of off his dome into my eyes”.

  11. Posted by Phil Mitchell July 5, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    Allegedly, possibly, maybe not, almost definitely not, in fact I made it up.

  12. Posted by Dick July 5, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    If it is true, then the (then) editor and the investigator should be jailed for interfering with evidence.

    However, it will soon blow over. People quickly forget, even if they knew in the first place. I know Liverpool fans (from Liverpool, not (lack of) glory hunters) that read The Sun.

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  14. Posted by Troll July 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    Is it just me that finds it funny that Carpet Right are on the list of NOTW sponsors? and the question “Will you reconsider your financial spend with NOTW……” I think we know the answer……”Yes becaus we’re fucking broke”

    Also why are they going after just NOTW? imo OFCOMM should ass-rape the mobile comms companies for allow voicemails to be hacked in the damn first place… me old fashioned but it makes more sense to fix a hole rather than yell at those that use it…..

  15. Dick? You are so aptly named btw, I think you’ll find the overwhelming majority of LFC supporters in Liverpool STILL don’t buy the Sun … they’ve never recovered market share in the city … and quite right too …

  16. Posted by Troll July 5, 2011 at 3:08 pm

    @ Troll

    Is it your banks fault if someone accesses your account after stealing your pin?

  17. Posted by shinkyshonky July 5, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    ford have just pulled their advertising, cmon lets keep at the advertisers so they pull the plug on advertising in these papers

  18. Posted by Grumpy July 5, 2011 at 6:06 pm

    News of the World is owned by News International. News International is about to be given the “green light” to take over BSkyB. There is currently a public consultation which ends on Friday at noon. Until then, you can sign this petition which will be delivered to the governent:

  19. Posted by EVANS July 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    Excellent news about Ford. Now lets get everybody turning their backs on buying that rag and shut it down. It does much more harm than good. STOP BUYING NOTW NOW..!!

  20. Posted by Troll July 5, 2011 at 6:08 pm

    The point i’m making is that voicemails are easy to access if not secured and if they’re aren’t secured then they’re not being “hacked”, using the term “hacked” implies that they bypassed security measures i.e a PIN.

    Re: I would argue yes, only having 1 security feature (PIN) without anything to back it up is just stupid. granted it’s the user that allows their PIN to be stolen but the bank should have failsafes, same with telecomms companies.

    Maybe i’m looking at this wrong but it takes 2 to tango, if the telecomms systems were more robust then it’d make them harder to hack, I look the same way about sites that get hacked, it’s thier own fault for not making them secure enough…..

  21. Posted by plop July 5, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Yeah, it’s like if you get stabbed it’s your own fault for not wearing a stab-vest.

  22. If there are teenage boys with the ability to hack into the computers of the pentergon, then I’m sorry Troll, it doesn’t matter what mobile phone companys do, there’ll always be some brainbox who can outsmart them?, this is entirly the blaim of News International, and the News of The World, it’s sick, and they should be punished for it, right to the top, if I had my way I’d put old Roop himself on trial, and whilst we were at it, we could get him for tax evasion too.

  23. Posted by Brian July 5, 2011 at 7:43 pm

    But it isnt just the NoW. The whole right-wing tabloid press are the same, with the same agendas of (a) scaring the public and keeping them scared, and (b) making more billions for their tax-avoiding owners, BY WHATEVER MEANS THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH. To be effective, boycott and urge others to, all the Murdoch stable, including the appalling Sky, plus the Mail and Express.

  24. Posted by Graham July 5, 2011 at 7:47 pm

    Troll, your argument isn’t very strong.

    First of all, it’s dead easy to shout foul after an event. Secondly, this was years ago when only a few people (and companies for that matter) were as information security aware as they are now. Thirdly, many if not most will choose convenience over adequate security, e.g., they will retain a PIN such as 0000 if the system allows it.

    PIN or no PIN, adequate security or not, some scummy hack or private dick on the NotW books broke the law. In my humble opinion the debate should be about the morals and ethics (or lack thereof) of those on the NotW payroll over the years, and whether that makes News International a company fit to be given a publishing licence. If their senior management do not disclose who actually carried out the hacking, they should go to jail for concealing evidence.

  25. Posted by Alan Best July 5, 2011 at 9:30 pm

    Murdoch and his filth ridden red tops have never learned from previous mistakes
    why not put that fucking horrible bastard kelvin Mckenzie in charge

  26. Posted by Troll July 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Don’t get me wrong, i’m not saying they shouldn’t be punished, they have broken the law after-all. I’m merely saying it’s not just their fault, I’d have a go at the telecoms companies for allowing it to happen in the first place.

  27. Posted by Grumpy July 6, 2011 at 12:20 am

    But Troll… no security system is 100% secure, and security is only necessary because people try to breach it. If they’d hacked a slightly more complex system, or managed to somehow bypass PIN protected voicemails, then the same argument would stand: “oh, they should have made it MORE secure!”.

    Yes, the fact that “hackers” like LulzSec were able to get droves of information from big companies using things like “SQL injections”, which take about 30 seconds for any software engineer (or even a half-baked moron) to implement, is just foolishness on the part of the websites involved. But, where is their limit? Should all websites that have any kind of login (or even comments section) send their data over HTTPS? PayPal has had their twitter account hacked today, a little like Fox News. Presumably their passwords were stolen/guessed. Should they use very, very long random passwords which are protected by biometric scanners? Should all computer systems be locked in a concrete vault so that no one can gain physical access to them?

    As I said at the top of this message, we only have security because people are trying to breach it. The problem is that those people trying to breach it are only ever one step behind those making the security: and that’s an easy gap to close. If the criminals (which is what the NOTW phone hackers are) are insistent upon gaining access to a system then they eventually will, no matter how much security goes in there.

  28. Posted by Dixie Deans shoelaces July 6, 2011 at 8:54 am

    For shame.

    Utter, utter see you next tuesdays.
    Lets see how they like being the story now.

  29. Posted by Dixie Deans shoelaces July 6, 2011 at 8:55 am

    For shame.

    Utter, utter see you next tuesdays.

  30. Posted by Dick July 6, 2011 at 10:38 am

    I never understood why people didn’t change their answer phone pin number. It’s a bit like buying a lockable suitcase and leaving the lock set to 000 000 or 0000 or 1234.

    Personally, I don’t see anything major happening. The investigator will get longer in jail, the editor / exec may resign, but that’s about it. I’ll be surprised if NOTW goes out of business, even with social media histeria. Other New International businesses will be fine. I cannot see people cutting out Sky TV for this reason.

  31. Posted by shinkyshonky July 6, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Where the companies stand
    Pulled out


    The first to pull out, but left the door open to advertising with other News International titles.




    “We didn’t want to have anything to do with a paper that would behave in that way.” The firm will give its unspent money to charity ChildLine.

    Lloyds (Halifax)

    Pulled its advert for this week as “a tactical decision” and reviewing the longer-term position.

    Virgin Holidays

    Thomson and First Choice

    “We have no plans to advertise this week.”


    Pulling its adverts from the Irish edition
    Not pulling out


    “We won’t be changing our advertising policy.”
    Reconsidering advertising


    “We are currently reviewing our options.”

    T Mobile and Orange


    Monitoring the situation


    “We will actively monitor the situation and await the outcome of any investigation.”

    Marks and Spencer

    Does not advertise with the News of the World


    So …..the story so far….

  32. Posted by Dick July 6, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    I am boycotting the ones that are stopping advertising. The companies refusing to advertise in there are now doing it for the publicity – they probably get more publicity for free than they would by paying for advertising in NOTW. And I don’t want them to profit from Milly Dowler’s death.

  33. Posted by The Real Bob July 8, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    One of the allegations is that a certain ginger ex-editor said to families here have this mobile phone in your time of grief, don’t worry we’ll foot the bill, which could be a pile of excrement obviously.

  34. Posted by J July 9, 2011 at 9:52 am

    The reason the news of the world closed was to safeguard the takeover of sky. Once this is complete a new paper with a similar agenda will be available. So all those morons who buy the paper and all those morons who advertise can slither back and gorge upon it’s content. Says a lot about the morality of people in this country.

  35. Posted by J July 9, 2011 at 11:35 am

    David cameron has ordered a public investigation once all the evidence has been destroyed.
    How independent of him. He can hardly condemn phone tapping since his party have been doing it for years.
    Whilst the mood of one section of the country is asking whether news international is a fit and proper company to take over a major news broadcaster, i would ask whether he is a fit and proper prime minister or someone who lacks the skills to run a country

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