News International offers £3 million phone-hacking settlement to family of murder victim
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The family of murdered UK thirteen-year-old Milly Dowler, whose phone was hacked by journalists of the News of the World, have been offered £3 million compensation by ’s , in settlement negotiations currently under way.
UK newspaperrevealed the phone hacking earlier this year. After Dowler was reported missing in 2002, her voicemail messages were listened to and several deleted, creating the impression she might still be alive.
The £3 million on offer reportedly includes £1 million to charity. The rest would go directly to the family. The Guardian reports the Dowler's lawyers were believed to be looking for about ₤3.5 million.
News International stated they were "in advanced negotiations" and "hope to conclude the discussion as quickly as possible."
Rupert Murdoch personally met with the Dowler family earlier in the year to offer them his apologies for the actions of his News of the World paper. News of the World ceased publishing after discovery of the Dowler hacking and other similar incidents.
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