Bloggers organise as campaign against the News of the World grows as #saynotonotw trends on Twitter

The campaign against the News of the World newspaper, which has this morning led to a growing number of brands reviewing their advertising, has seen a torrent of tweets attacking the News International-owned title.

The hashtag #saynotonotw is one of the top trending topics in the UK, as consumers call for a boycott this Sunday of the News of the World, as a more formal organised online campaign against the paper is organised.

An online petition has been launched calling for a public inquiry “with full powers to call for papers and summon witnesses can explore the full range of issues involved”.  PR Week is also reporting that the Media Standards Trust is calling for a public inquiry.

Three left of centre blogs, Liberal Conspiracy, Political Scrapbook and Left Foot Forward are coordinating the online campaign.

A Boycott News Of The World Facebook group has been launched has more than 4,000 members. A second Facebook group asking advertisers to boycott the News of the World this coming Sunday has around 650 members.

Yesterday, a list of advertisers was published online that users could tweet at and ask them to pull their advertising.

An online brand targeted the paper’s advertisers is also gathering steam. Thomas Cook, Sainsbury’s, T-Mobile, Halifax and First Choice are the latest big name brands to review their advertising support for the News of the World, in light of the phone-hacking allegations, as Brand Republic reports this morning.

Last night Ford became the first major advertiser to pull its News of the World advertising following the Milly Dowler allegations

This morning Mumsnet has also said it intends to pull its Sky campaign in protest at NotW following increasingly vociferous calls from its influential community that it should not be associated with a Murdoch-owned organisation.

The editor of The Times, a sister paper to News of the World, James Harding called the alleged actions ‘indefensible’.

The volume of tweets and the anger will certainly be a worry. One Twitter posted “@Hardisteee Looks like the demise of #NOTW from my Twitter feed this morning… #saynotonotw”.

However, the rest will come on Sunday and whether the shocking revelations will deter people from buying the nation’s top selling tabloid newspaper with a circulation of 2,664,363.

  • Stephan

    Hear, hear. NOTW have taken things too far and I hope through campaigns like this they learn their lesson.

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  • susieq

    It is time this paper was put out of production once and for all.


    Jessica and Holly a story so sad,
    How low can a human being stoop,
    Ian Huntley both evil and mad,
    Is gladly now out of lifes loop.

    Milly Dowler now lies dead,
    A victim of a heinous crime,
    Levi Bellfield sick in the head,
    Is inside now doing time.

    Madeleine McAnn an innocent child,
    Kate and Gerry will search till they die,
    Sick intrusions drive them both wild,
    Everyone of them is based on a lie.

    Victims relatives of 7/7,
    They just want to be left to grieve,
    Praying their children are now in heaven,
    Is all they can find to relieve.

    Ordinary people every one,
    But they also make a good story,
    To get that when all is said and done,
    Proves this tabloids actions are gory.

    No need to look for fortune and fame,
    As long as their papers sell,
    In their eyes everyone to them is fair game,
    This tabloid should now rot in hell.

    How many laws have they defied,
    It’s time for the truth to come out,
    Prosecution for those who have lied,
    Give us the innocents some clout.

    We’ve allowed these Bastards to do what they want,
    They believe they can live without rules,
    That’s now a decision that’s come back to haunt,
    For they’ve treated us all as their fools.

    The N.O.T.W. Has finally been caught,
    What stories have we still to hear,
    How many of our politicians have they bought,
    You can bet they’re now living in fear.

    All those who died will now turn in their graves,
    This papers actions have made us all numb,
    How they get their stories is what really depraves,

  • Dave Mclean and were registered 5th July. It’s just a temporary closure to try and put people off the scent before the paper effectively relaunches. See​m/whois/ for details

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