After the closure of the 168 year-old News of the World amidst shocking allegations of widespread phone hacking, ELL reporters went out onto the streets of south London and gauged the reaction to the end of Britain’s biggest selling Sunday newspaper.
James Fekaruvhovo, 32, student, Lewisham.
“They got their just deserts. When you spend your life looking and judging others you get it back- they deserved it. If you can’t dish it, don’t take it. From the paper, I like reading the sports and the drug stories. I think the editor is wholly responsible for this unethical action. It’s sad that the many  people lost their job but if you work with the devil you can’t complain when he stabs you back.”
Kai Bichard, 20, New Cross, student.
“I will miss it, I do read it, especially the sport section. It is down to the newspaper on the whole but it is down to us as they are doing it for us. I will fight for it though. The new one won’t be half as good or sell as much, but they will be doing the same thing, selling stories, just not as successful. The government press regulation would be a bad thing; we shall leave the press to do their thing.”
Delroy Salmon, actor, 35 years old, Surrey Quays.
“News of the World going down is great. Being an actor I have seen both sides and it is disgraceful. Football is my favourite part of the newspaper-not their personal lives though, plain football.
“I think the replacement paper would just be a watered down version of News of The World. If I wanted information I would go on the Internet as it gives an unedited account, before it has been changed. The media now influences what people do. I think the papers are already regulated, they just decide what they put in and what they don’t. There is no such thing as ‘free journalism’ as long you have an editor.”
Ben Gwalchmai, 26, writer, London and Wales.
“Complex as its history is, it stank for ages. Goodbye, good riddance; good Guardian.”
Words: Barsha Gurung and Myozen Ingram-Peters