News International £3 million settlement over Dowler phone hacking case


News International have agreed to pay £2 million in compensation to the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, and a further £1 million to a selection of charities.

The settlement is in relation to the phone hacking case in which News of the World hacked into the voicemail messages of Milly Dowler in 2002. The story came to light in June of this year when The Guardian alleged that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, hired by News of the World, intercepted and deleted voicemail messages from the phone at the time detectives were searching for the Milly.

Rupert Murdoch (pictured right) has agreed to pay £1 million in total to a selection of charities chosen by the Dowler family. At the time when the story was at its peak, Murdoch met with the family where he apologised for what had been revealed. News International, a subsidiary of News Corporation, decided to close the 168-year-old newspaper following a string of revelations.