Phone Hacking

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James Murdoch set for make or break appearance before MPs

James Murdoch faces a second appearance today before the parliamentary committee investigation allegations of phone hacking. Murdoch’s appearance starts at 11am and is expected to be a make or break chance for the potential heir to the Murdoch empire to show that he has control of the situation. Murdoch has two challenges today. First, he … Continue reading

MPs release slew of internal News International documents relating to phone hacking

The parliamentary select committee investigating phone-hacking released a slew of internal News International documents on Tuesday afternoon, leading rival news organisations to race through them in an attempt to turn up anything that might be newsworthy. The documents provide fresh insight into how News International dealt with alleged phone hacking at the News of the … Continue reading

MPs demand explanation from Met for failed Guardian legal move

The Commons home affairs committee has summoned the Met to appear on Friday and explain its failed attempt to use the Official Secrets Act to force The Guardian to reveal its sources in the phone hacking story. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Mark Simmons will appear before the MPs on the same day that the Met originally planned to … Continue reading

Alec Baldwin pulls out of Emmys after cut Murdoch phone hacking joke

Alec Baldwin was supposed to be at last night’s Emmy Awards but decided not to show up after Fox allegedly cut his pre-taped joke about the phone hacking scandal. Well, that was how the story originally ran, but Baldwin has since suggested that the reason he didn’t show up was so he could host Tony … Continue reading

Met attack on The Guardian is a whole new scandal [OPINION]

This week, a British newspaper will finally appear in court over the phone hacking scandal, five years after Scotland Yard was handed copious bags of evidence. But the newspaper is not one of the ones that has been accused of phone hacking. It’s The Guardian, which is defending itself against a bid by the Metropolitan … Continue reading

British police try to use Official Secrets Act to uncover Guardian phone hacking source

The Metropolitan police are reportedly taking the unprecdented step of trying to use the Official Secrets Act to force The Guardian to reveal the source for its phone hacking stories. The Guardian has indicated that it will fight the move to its fullest. It is well established that journalistic sources should be protected. The Official … Continue reading

Former News of the World Hollywood reporter James Desborough arrested in phone hacking enquiry

James Desborough, a former News of the World Hollywood reporter, has been arrested in connection with the phone hacking enquiry. The arrest is reportedly related to events from before Desborough’s 2009 transfer to Los Angeles. Desborough’s arrest is the 13th carried out by Operation Weeting, which is investigating the phone hacking scandal. He wrote for … Continue reading

News of the World phone hacking scandal reignited by alleged Clive Goodman letter

The News of the World phone hacking scandal, which has been fairly quiet for a week or so, has erupted once again with the publication of a letter that allegedly demolishes News International’s claims about having only recently learnt about the scale of the problem. The letter was allegedly written four years ago but was only … Continue reading

Did Rebekah Brooks really resign from News International? #NOTW

Here’s an interesting postscript to the question of Rebakah Brooks and her current employment status. Brooks resigned on July 15th, and by law Companies House must be notified within 14 days. That means that the resignation of Brooks should have been reported to Companies House by July 29th. According to this post about a Current … Continue reading

Is Rebekah Brooks still on the News International payroll?

Although Rebekah Brooks apparently resigned from News International a couple of weeks ago, there are rumours emerging that she might still be on the company’s payroll. If the rumours are true, there will likely be renewed concern in some quarters about how the Murdochs are dealing with the phone hacking crisis. Tim Walker at the Daily … Continue reading