The News of the World phone hacking scandal has ignited an international discussion on ethics in journalism. News organisations are both distancing themselves from News International's tactics and taking a second look at their own policies. In light of recent phone hacking allegations by a former employee, Trinity Mirror announced today that it will be conducting a review of editorial procedures and controls across its publications.
The investigation is due in large part to James Hipwell, who worked at The Daily Mirror from 1998 to 2000. In an interview with The Independent, Hipwell said phone hacking was "endemic" and "seen as a bit of a wheeze". This revelation, as well as his statement that he was willing to testify to authorities, was the first concrete accusation of phone hacking at a publication outside of News International. If the investigation brings back evidence supporting his claim when it concludes in September, this could blow the lid off of the scandal, pulling the entire tabloid industry in an uncomfortable position.