Stories from 2011:

News of the World admits hacking Sienna Miller email

Published November 2011.

Published by the Guardian
November 11 2011
with Amelia Hill
James Murdoch was mistaken yesterday when he told MPs that he did not believe News International had, to date, admitted liability for any kind of computer or email hacking, the Guardian can reveal.
The executive chairman of News International told the committee he “didn’t think” the company had engaged [...]

News of the World spied on lawyers to stop legal actions

Published November 2011.

Published by the Guardian
November 8 2011
The News of the World hired a specialist private investigator to run covert surveillance on two of the lawyers representing phone-hacking victims as part of an operation to put pressure on them to stop their work.
The investigator secretly videoed Mark Lewis and Charlotte Harris as well as family members and [...]

Murdoch’s man quits over Wall Street Journal scam

Published November 2011.

Published by the Guardian
October 13 2011
One of Rupert Murdoch’s most senior European executives has resigned following Guardian inquiries about a circulation scam at News Corporation’s flagship newspaper, the Wall Street Journal.
The Guardian found evidence that the Journal had been channelling money through European companies in order to secretly buy thousands of copies of its own [...]

New evidence puts pressure on Murdochs and Coulson

Published November 2011.

Published by the Guardian
August 17 2011
Rupert Murdoch, James Murdoch and their former editor Andy Coulson all face embarrassing new allegations of dishonesty and cover-up after the publication of an explosive letter written by the News of the World’s disgraced royal correspondent, Clive Goodman.
In the letter, written four years ago but only published yesterday, Goodman claims [...]

News of the World targeted Sara Payne

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 28 2011
with Amelia Hill
Sara Payne, whose eight-year-old daughter Sarah was abducted and murdered in July 2000, has been told by Scotland Yard that they have found evidence to suggest she was targeted by the News of the World’s investigator, Glenn Mulcaire, who specialised in the hacking of voicemail.
Police had earlier told [...]

One single email which threatens James Murdoch

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 23 2011
with David Leigh
Many angry victims of the News of the World’s journalism used to try their hand at suing, and the paper’s battle-hardened lawyers were good at seeing them off. Still, they regularly paid out pounds 1.2m a year on a variety of libel claims.
But in May 2008, Tom Crone, [...]

A potentially fatal challenge to James Murdoch’s evidence

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 22 2011
with David Leigh
Tom Crone and Colin Myler must have been well aware yesterday that the statement they were about to make could prove fatal to James Murdoch.
When the Guardian pointed out in the wake of his parliamentary testimony that Murdoch’s son had sought to blame them for concealment, a friend [...]

Murdochs cut off Mulcaire’s legal funds

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 21 2011
with Caroline Davies and Lisa O’Carroll
News International has terminated “with immediate effect” its arrangement to pay the legal fees of Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the phone-hacking scandal.
It comes after James Murdoch told the Commons culture, media and sport select committee he was “as surprised as [...]

The trouble with James Murdoch’s evidence

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 21 2011
With David Leigh
James Murdoch appears to have given misleading parliamentary testimony about a key phone-hacking cover-up, according to evidence obtained by the Guardian.
Rupert Murdoch’s son sought to deny that “astronomic sums” had been secretly paid out to a hacking victim as hush-money. He told MPs the company’s legal advice was [...]

How the Murdochs followed their advisers’ script

Published July 2011.

Published by the Guardian
July 20 2011
At one point yesterday afternoon, the Murdochs were asked what coaching they had received in preparation for the hearing. “We were told to tell the truth, to be as open and as transparent as possible,” came the reply. It was a little more sophisticated than that.
Their performance strongly suggested that [...]

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