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October 07 2011

03:44

July 06 2011

21:17

On BBC News - Hugh Grant: How I exposed phone hacking by the media

BBC News :: The actor Hugh Grant has been speaking about how he recorded a conversation between himself and Paul McMullen, a former Deputy Features editor at the News of the World 1994-2001, in which the journalist revealed details of phone hacking by the media. Details of the exchange were then revealed by Mr Grant in the New Statesman. Here an excerpt:

[Hugh Grant, in New Statesman, 06 Apr 2011, 22:11:] ... he was Paul McMullan, one of two ex-NoW hacks who had blown the whistle ... on the full extent of phone-hacking at the paper, particularly under its former editor Andy Coulson. This was interesting, as I had been a victim – a fact he confirmed as we drove along. He also had an unusual defence of the practice: that phone-hacking was a price you had to pay for living in a free society. I asked how that worked exactly, but we ran out of time ...

Mr McMullen joined Mr Grant on the BBC's News Channel to debate the issue.

[Hugh Grant addressing Paul McMullen, at 04:21 in the video]: Your only motive is profit. You are no journalists. You have no interests in journalism. It's just money, money, money ...

Update: For further details of the phone hacking practice you should also watch the interview: Jeremy Paxman asks Paul McMullan, what he thinks about the allegations that voicemails on murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's mobile phone were allegedly intercepted by the newspaper (second link below).

Hugh Grant vs Paul McMullan on BBC News video online - watch it here www.bbc.co.uk

Jeremy Paxman asks Paul McMullan on BBC News - watch it here news.bbc.co.uk

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