London: Media mogul Rupert Murdoch`s News
International has reached an agreement to pay 2 million pounds
to the family of murdered teenager Milly Dowler, whose phone
was hacked for information at the behest of the now defunct
News of the World tabloid.
Besides, Murdoch is personally donating 1 million pounds
to six charity organisations, as agreed earlier this year.
The settlement relates to the hacking of Milly’s phone
messages in March 2002.
Messages were deleted, which gave her family the false
hope that she was still alive and accessing her voicemail.
The Dowlers have decided to donate Murdoch`s 1 million
pounds to six charity organisations representing causes close
to Milly and those that support victims of crime.
The Dowler family said today in a statement that nothing
that has been agreed "will ever bring back Milly or undo the
traumas of her disappearance and the horrendous murder trial
earlier this year".
"The only way that a fitting tribute could be agreed was
to ensure that a very substantial donation to charity was made
in Milly`s memory. We hope that projects will be undertaken so
that some good can come from this," they added.
Murdoch said in the statement: "When I met with the
Dowlers in July, I expressed how deeply sorry I was for the
hurt we had caused this family."
"The behaviour that the News of the World exhibited
towards the Dowlers was abhorrent and I hope this donation
underscores my regret for the company`s role in this awful
event," he said.
Media mogul hoped that through "the personal donation
something positive can be done in memory of their daughter."