The parents of murdered teen Milly Dowler say that phone hacking on behalf of a British tabloid made them think that she was still alive.
Sally Dowler told the inquiry investigating Britain’s media ethics that her 13-year-old daughter’s phone had been cleared of some messages shortly after she disappeared in early 2002, suggesting that she was checking her voicemail.
In fact Milly was dead and the person clearing the messages worked for the News of the World tabloid.
The Dowler parents have previously made similar statements, but Monday was the first time the pair spoke out on national television.
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LONDON (AP) _ Celebrities and crime victims whose personal lives have been exposed in Britain’s press will testify at an inquiry into media ethics payday advance low fees.
The Leveson inquiry is run by a judicial body that could recommend sweeping changes to the way Britons get their news.
Britain’s media ethics probe was set up in the wake of the scandal over phone hacking at Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World, which was shut in July after it became clear that the tabloid had systematically broken the law. Most horrific was the news that the tabloid had broken into the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler in its search for scoops.
Actor Hugh Grant and the Dowler family will be some of the first to give evidence Monday.