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August 31 2012


Neil Wallis: Hidden victims of phone hacking

Huffington Post :: At 7am yesterday a squad of Scotland Yard's finest hammered on the door of a North London flat, ordered the stunned man inside to get dressed, began a forensic search of the premises as his terrified pyjama-clad girlfriend looked on, then marched the dazed suspect out to an unmarked police car and roared off. A dawn raid to nab an armed robber, perhaps? A notorious thief, or escaped convict? Drug-dealer, terrorist, thug? No, the man was journalist Patrick Foster, formerly of the Times.

A report by Neil Wallis, www.huffingtonpost.co.uk

August 26 2012


Rupert Murdoch used Prince Harry photos to defy Leveson (sources said)

Independent :: An angry Rupert Murdoch ordered The Sun to publish pictures of a naked Prince Harry against the wishes of the Royal Family because he wanted to send a warning shot to Lord Justice Leveson, sources said yesterday.

A report by Jane Merrick | Paul Bignell, www.independent.co.uk

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August 22 2012


Hugh Grant joins 'Hacked Off' board

Guardian :: Hugh Grant was cast in a leading role at the Leveson inquiry into press standards. Now the actor is becoming director of a new not-for-profit company set up by the Hacked Off campaign for press reform.

A report by Josh Halliday, www.guardian.co.uk

August 07 2012


Operation Elveden: Police officer and journalist arrested

Guardian :: A serving 29-year-old male Sussex police officer and a 37-year-old male journalist have been arrested by Scotland Yard officers investigating alleged corrupt payments to public officials.

A report by Josh Halliday, www.guardian.co.uk

August 03 2012


Rebekah Brooks charged over phone hacking allegations

Guardian :: Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was formally charged with phone hacking and will appear in court next month, Scotland Yard have said. Brooks, 44, answered bail at Lewisham police station and will appear at Westminster magistrates court on 3 September.

A report by Press Association, www.guardian.co.uk

July 25 2012


Daily Mail hits back at Tony Blair over personal vendetta claim

Guardian :: The Daily Mail has hit back at accusations made by Tony Blair at the Leveson inquiry that the paper's publisher had a "personal vendetta" against his wife, Cherie Blair. Associated Newspapers' most senior in-house lawyer has written to the inquiry describing Tony Blair's characterisation of legal interventions made by the former prime minister or his wife over the last five years as "utterly misleading" and "a travesty of the true position".

A report by Lisa O'Carroll, www.guardian.co.uk

April 30 2012


Former First Minister Jack McConnell sues after being told his phone was hacked by News of the World

Daily Record :: Jack McConnell is another victim of the News of the World phone hackers, we can reveal today. Police visited the former First Minister to inform him that details of his phone and those of his children were found in the notes of a private detective who worked for Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

HT: allmediascotland.com

Continue to read Exclusive by Mark Aitken, www.dailyrecord.co.uk

April 28 2012


U.K.: A law and a courtroom, but who will be judge on Jeremy Hunt?

Guardian :: David Cameron and a hapless Jeremy Hunt are groundhogs on the edge of Whitehall's most perilous precipice, attempting to answer an impossible question. If Mr Cameron has "full confidence" in his culture secretary, then who is to judge if Hunt goes or stays? Surely not that already fully confident prime minister, the cheerleader for Hunt's survival?

Continue to read Peter Preston, www.guardian.co.uk

April 26 2012


Rupert Murdoch: I should have closed News of the World earlier

journalism.co.uk :: Rupert Murdoch has told the Leveson inquiry he is "sorry" he did not close the News of the World "years before" and replace it with Sunday edition of the Sun. Asked by Robert Jay QC about last July's decision to close the 168-year-old title, after the Guardian's revelations on the Milly Dowler phone hacking, Murdoch said: "I panicked - but I'm glad I did."

Continue to read Paul McNally, www.journalism.co.uk


Murdoch: There was a 'cover-up' at News of the World

Journalism.co.uk :: Management at News International and News Corporation were "misinformed" about the true extent of phone hacking at the News of the World, and "shielded from anything that was going on there", Rupert Murdoch told the Leveson inquiry today. The News Corporation chairman said he blamed "one or two people" at the title "who perhaps I shouldn't name" for hiding the truth from bosses.

Continue to read Paul McNally, www.journalism.co.uk

April 25 2012


Jeremy Hunt to explain BSkyB dealings to MPs

Guardian :: The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is to make a Commons statement to explain his dealings with News Corp. The Conservatives offered the statement after Labour requested that Hunt account for revelations at the Leveson inquiry about email exchanges with Rupert Murdoch's company and whether they were at odds with undertakings he gave to parliament.

Continue to read Patrick Wintour, www.guardian.co.uk

April 24 2012


Phone-hacking hearing: James Murdoch says he was kept in the dark by underlings

Forbes :: For a man who ran a publishing empire, James Murdoch isn’t much of a reader. Testifying before the U.K. government’s Leveson Inquiry on press practices, the deputy chief operating officer of News Corp. and former head of News International, he continues to insist that he doesn’t always read his email, even when it’s important. Specifically, he reasserted at Tuesday’s hearing that he showed up at a meeting in June 2008 with two underlings — Colin Myler, then editor of News of the World, and Tom Crone, then its legal manager — without having read an email chain that would have alerted him to the likely existence of instances of phone hacking not yet come to light.

Continue to read Jeff Bercovici, www.forbes.com

March 19 2012


Crime Reporters Association: Logging police-press contact would have 'freezing effect'

journalism.co.uk :: Requiring police officers to log all of their contact with the media risks having a "freezing effect" on police-press relations, the chair of the Crime Reporters Association, or CRA, has warned. John Twomey, a crime reporter at the Daily Express since 1987, said officers could be too scared of talking to the media if recommendations in Elizabeth Filkin's report were taken up, for fear that their contact with the media might harm their chances of being promoted.

Continue to read Paul McNally, www.journalism.co.uk

January 23 2012


Dan Sabbagh: Has phone hacking changed attitudes at the top of News Corp?

Guardian :: Rupert Murdoch will have known before his arrival in London on Thursday that his company was prepared to admit "senior employees and directors" of News Group Newspapers, which published the News of the World, "knew about its wrongdoing". It also admitted it sought to cover up the phone hacking by "deliberately failing to provide the police with all the facts" and "destroying evidence of wrongdoing", for the purposes of the legal settlements. It paid out at least £640,000 in damages as well as all legal costs. News Corporation insiders were emphatic that the concessions were technical, made only to settle claims "expeditiously". But it is clear that there has been a shift in attitudes as News Corp seeks eventually to distance itself from the phone-hacking crisis that is likely take years to run

Continue to read Dan Sabbagh, www.guardian.co.uk

January 19 2012


Phone-hacking: News Corp agrees to settle a string of legal claims

Reuters ::  Rupert Murdoch's News International had for years claimed that the hacking of voicemails to generate stories was the work of a single "rogue" reporter who went to jail for the crime in 2007. However, under a wave of damning evidence last year it finally admitted that the problem was widespread.

Continue to read Georgina Prodhan | Kate Holton, www.reuters.com

January 18 2012


"Thank You & Goodbye" - In Britain, calls to regulate a freewheeling press

NPR :: The voice mail and computer hacking and police bribery scandal that has roiled the British newspaper industry has also led to calls for government regulation of the press in one of the world's greatest democracies. Some newspaper executives, such as Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail and editor-in-chief of the Mail on Sunday, are attempting to draw the line.

Continue to read David Folkenflik, www.npr.org

January 17 2012


"Light-touch" approach: Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt says Press Complaints Commission needs state help

Guardian :: "Statutory underpinning" may be required to bolster the authority of a revived Press Complaints Commission, the culture secretary has suggested. Appearing before a parliamentary select committee on privacy and injunctions, cultural secretary Jeremy Hunt went further than before in setting out a regulatory framework for the media which the government could support in future.

Continue to read Owen Bowcott, www.guardian.co.uk


Rupert Murdoch rant claims (to "destroy" him) are untrue, says Gordon Brown

Guardian :: Gordon Brown has made a dramatic intervention in the Leveson inquiry into press ethics, categorically denying he had phoned Rupert Murdoch threatening to "destroy" him after the Sun switched allegiance from the Labour party to the Conservatives in 2009.

Continue to read Lisa O'Carroll, www.guardian.co.uk

January 11 2012


Rebekah Brooks - The mystery woman behind the Murdoch mess

Vanity Fair :: Rebekah Brooks was running the News of the World at 31, and Rupert Murdoch’s entire British newspaper empire at 41. A virtual member of the Murdoch family, close to Prime Ministers Blair, Brown, and Cameron, she relished her power until the phone-hacking scandal took her down. Talking to Brooks’s former colleagues and friends, Suzanna Andrews uncovers the woman wrapped in the enigma, the keys to her meteoric rise, and the latest object of her incandescent ambition.

Continue to read Suzanna Andrews, www.vanityfair.com


Former Scotland Yard officer arrested in phone-hack leaks probe

Press Gazette :: A former Scotland Yard officer was arrested today over allegations of unauthorised leaks to a journalist. The 52-year-old man is being questioned on suspicion of misconduct in public office after being detained at his Berkshire home by officers from the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Continue to read PA Media Lawyer, www.pressgazette.co.uk

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