Washington Post, "Mother of slain girl might be among British phone-hacking victims"

The mother of a murdered 8-year-old girl may be among those targeted for illegal phone hacking by the News of the World. The newspaper gave Sara Payne a cell phone so she could stay in touch with supporters. Former editor Rebekah Brookes, who faces criminal charges in the hacking scandal, directed coverage of Payne’s campaign for a law to inform parents if it is known that a sex offender has access to their children. - HTN Foundation

By Anthony Faiola,

Published: July 28

LONDON — Even in the worst of times, Sara Payne was a defender of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World. She thought she had good reason.

After her 8-year-old daughter was killed by a convicted pedophile living a few miles away, Payne credited the feisty tabloid with helping her campaign for a new British law giving parents the right to know if anyone with regular access to their children is a sex offender.

But in a case generating a fresh uproar in Britain over the nefarious methods of News of the World, Payne acknowledged Thursday that she might have been among the thousands of British citizens targeted by the paper in a widespread campaign of illegal phone hacking. What’s more, the paper’s editors reportedly had given her the cellphone as a gift so that she could more easily communicate with her growing legion of supporters nationwide.