Phone-hacking – what the press say


Posted on: 15 April 2011 by Alexander Hay

The plot thickens as police shift their lines of enquiry

Some parts of the media seem more willing than others to report on, and discuss, the fallout from the recent phone hacking arrests and subsequent payout by News International. Nonetheless, what is reported is revealing...

First up is from that most unlikely of sources, Popbitch. That doesn't stop it dropping a proverbial bombshell with its story on how in 1999 a man, realising his mobile had been hacked, decided to take his story to The Sun and Mirror. Curiously, they decided not to report on the scandal, but seemed very grateful for his information on how it was done...

The BBC then leads with news that Scotland Yard is now about to move on from phone hacks and launch a criminal investigation into claims that journalists may have paid police for stories.

The Daily Mail follows with a profile on the most recent journalist to be arrested - James Weatherup. It seems Weatherup occupied all manner of prominent positions at News International, much to the embarrassment of one Rupert Murdoch...

Next, The Guardian mentions that the new investigation (see above) can be traced back to 2003, when now-NI chief executive, then-editor Rebekah Brooks admitted that the practice of paying off police sources had gone on before.

Over at The Evening Standard, it seems litigation in the wake of all that phone hacking is about to return to the High Court.

And finally, The Independent reveals some of the motivations behind the Met's aggressive approach. It seems a commons committee referred to their original investigation as 'inadequate', and the Met now has something to prove.

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