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Changed the game by:
Shining a light on corruption in the Murdoch media empire and British government.
In 2007, while working for The Guardian
as a freelance journalist, Nick Davies
broke the story about an editor hacking into royal phone messages at Rupert Murdoch-owned British newspaper The News of the World
. The editor and the private investigator who helped him were sent to jail swiftly, and Davies sensed a deeper story. Last July, after years of research and fact-checking, The Guardian
released his report about continued hacking at NOTW, and the collusion of government officials, British police and NOTW editors to cover it up. It was revealed that Murdoch's media empire was hugely compromised, and heads began to roll. The 168-year-old newspaper -- whose Sunday edition boasted the largest circulation of any British paper -- folded almost immediately, top News International executives were forced to resign, and even the all-powerful Murdochs were dragged before Parliament to testify about the scandal. "I wouldn't have believed you if you had told me then that within four days they'd be announcing the closing of The News of the World
, and the following week we would see the resignation of Rebekah Brooks and Les Hinton," Davies told The Daily Beast
"What you learn is that the Murdoch organization has been like a bully in the school playground," Davies has said. "It wasn't necessary for the bully to beat up children every single day; the children knew what they had to do to keep the bully quiet."
Must-click: Davies' journalism
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