This could spell big trouble for some. The High Court has ordered the private investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, to reveal identity of executives at News International who commissioned him to hack Steve Coogan’s phone.
The Guardian reports that the court ruled that Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World phone-hacking case, “could not refuse to answer questions about his work on the grounds of self-incrimination”. Read more »
Politics Home has a good story that spells trouble for the Metropolitan Police regarding its rather too cosy relationship with the News of the World.
The Met had previously been accused of failing to properly investigate the phone hacking scandal, which has been reopened following fresh evidence coming to light including News International finding apparently ‘lost’ emails.
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I posted last week about the departure of FHM editor, Colin Kennedy, and this week it is the turn of another FHM editor, Richard Galpin.
It is all looking a bit thin on the ground at FHM towers in a year when big things are expected in the men’s magazine market. Read more »
The Independent is reporting today that a file of emails has come to light from executives at News International. The emails date from the height of the phone-hacking scandal and what is significant is that these emails were previously reported as “lost” following a botched data transfer. Funny that.
The emails, which weren’t previously available to police, have been found as Rupert Murdoch’s British newspaper business comes under intense scrutiny as a fresh investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World gets underway. Read more »
It is being widely reported that a statement is due from No 10 later today regarding Andy Coulson. The speculation is that David Cameron’s director of communications is toast following fresh evidence emerging regarding the News of the World and phone hacking story.
The timing of the announcement comes as Tony Blair addresses the Chilcot inquiry on Iraq, which has not gone unnoticed on Twitter. Read more »
How long has David Cameron’s communications chief Andy Coulson got left in his job?
News Corporation has always said that the phone hacking scandal was the work of a rogue reporter (you know like the lone gunman..), but this defence is now fast unravelling as Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective at the centre of the case, reveals that the paper’s head of news commissioned him to access voicemail messages. So not exactly rogue then, but more institutional, planned and organised?
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David Cameron last night said that nobody on his team was unsackable, as he faced questions about his communications director, Andy Coulson, as the phone hacking scandal continues to hound the former News of the World editor.
The prime minister defended Coulson in a Channel 4 News interview as his comms chief faces allegations that he knew about illegal phone hacking during his time as editor of the News of the World. Read more »
How long can Andy Coulson last now that it has been confirmed that he will be interviewed by the Metropolitan Police? The Met will talk to David Cameron’s director of communications as part of fresh inquiries into the phone hacking case surrounding the News of the World and News International. Read more »
News Corporation has bitten back in progressing phone hacking saga and sent a letter to the New York Times following its investigation into the scandal. The paper’s story reignited interest in the illegal activities of Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World and Andy Coulson’s possible knowledge of that activity.
In a strongly word letter News Corp accuses the New York Times paper of failing to come up with new evidence. Read more »
Well he doesn’t, but this story splashed on the front page of the Evening Standard today of David Cameron, wife Sam and new family addition probably encapsulates his attitude, and that of parts of the media (is there an unofficial blackout?), to the growing calls for a government inquiry into the swirl of allegations surrounding his director of comms, Andy Coulson, and the News of the World’s phone hacking.
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