So, 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)