kateAP110609110173So this is still going on: The list of suspected victims in the phone-hacking scandal at Rupert Murdoch's News of the World continues to grow. Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Kate Middleton, who you may remember from a certain subdued marriage ceremony this spring, are among the latest prominent Britons who could have been spied upon in the scandal. The culprit would have been private investigator Jonathan Rees, who the U.K. tabloid had hired to access the voicemails and other private accounts of UK celebrities.
But as The Guardian notes: "None of these cases has been officially confirmed or even investigated. With many of them, it is not yet clear precisely what form of surveillance Rees and his agency, Southern Investigations, were using."
A media Arab Spring?: Press freedoms appear to be improving in the two countries first touched by the Arab Spring uprisings earlier this year. In Egypt, the nation's largest independent newspaper is thriving. And native bloggers, in response to the recent arrest of one of their own, have taken to the web in a coordinated effort to lodge unified criticism against the military, which has so far not interfered. Meanwhile, a "new breed" of journalist has risen in Tunisia, where, according to an opinion piece in the Africa Review, the press has become "Daring, nosier, and a little more liberated than what was there before the revolution that ousted Ben Ali from power ... With better treatment of the media plus more tolerance to criticism, Tunisia's annual ranking in media freedom in the Arab world has improved greatly."Read More »from In Media Res: Kate Middleton hacked?; supermarket tabloid gets real