The gods must have heard me.

News International today announced that it’s closing the News of the World. The story’s not over for the Murdoch Empire, yet, though. Criminal investigations are to continue – as are the questions concerning the links between the British government (past and present) and the News International machine. Score one, for ethics?

To recap: The British tabloid, News of the World, had been embroiled in allegations of phone hacking (conducted by one of their investigators) into the cell phones of a murdered teenager – along with relatives of victims of the July 7, 2005 London terrorist bombings, and the families of service personnel killed in Afghanistan and Iraq.

I suggested then that it was up to us – the buying public – to show our displeasure with publications that work in this manner. By refusing to buy them – or buy into them. By making them lose money. And by shutting them down, if necessary.

Well. That seems to have happened here, doesn’t it?

R.I.P., the News of the World.

I don’t think you’ll be missed.