April 5th, 2012
11:25 AM ET

UK broadcaster Sky News admits e-mail hacking

UK news channel Sky News said Thursday it had authorized its journalists to hack into the e-mail of individual members of the public on two occasions.

John Ryley, head of Sky News, said the instances involved suspected criminal activity.

"We stand by these actions as editorially justified and in the public interest," he said in a statement. "We do not take such decisions lightly or frequently."

An external review is under way of e-mail records at the broadcaster at its own instigation, he said, but no grounds for concern have yet been found.

"Sky News is committed to the highest editorial standards. Like other news organizations, we are acutely aware of the tensions that can arise between the law and responsible investigative journalism."

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  1. ♔Mmmmm♕

    such a hypocrit...sky news hacking is hacking...invoke the highest standard by calling the police to report suspected crimminal activity...

    April 5, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  2. saywhat

    Let all Media hack into accounts of individuals to report criminal activity. Along with the govt snooping on citizenry this would indeed be great for American public. lol

    April 5, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Philip

    Now if we could only get the NSA/CIA to admit that they have copies of every keystroke we've made on our PC's since Windows '98 before it's too late. (before it becomes 'Victory act' legal instead of just 'Patriot act' legal.

    April 5, 2012 at 6:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Philip

    But yeah, they admitted to hacking. Arrest them and then ask questions. (duh)

    April 5, 2012 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mary

    What this article did NOT mention was that the reporters were members of the cast from "A Fish Called Wanda" with Inspector Clouseau at the helm! 😉

    April 6, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |