Stories from 2014:

Police face unanswered questions about their links to Murdoch

Published July 2014.

Published by The Guardian
July 2 2014
It is not only David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch who are caught in the sticky web of the phone-hacking scandal. Scotland Yard too remains tangled in troubling questions which have been revived by evidence disclosed in the Old Bailey trial which ended this week.
The questions remain unanswered because while the [...]

Inside story of the inquiry which exposed crimes in Fleet Street

Published July 2014.

Published by The Guardian
July 2 2014
On January 26 2011, News International passed Scotland Yard three email messages which contained possible evidence of crime. Three and a half years later, the investigation which was launched that day has morphed into 12 separate operations, and some 210 people have been arrested or interviewed under caution about phone-hacking, [...]

The storm of misreporting around Milly Dowler’s messages

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 26 2014
On December 14 2011, the barrister representing the family of Milly Dowler rose to his feet at the Leveson inquiry to complain of a “storm of misreporting” which had blown up around the release of new evidence about the hacking of the 13-year-old schoolgirl’s phone by the News of the [...]

Coulson guilty; Brooks innocent; Murdoch faces police questions

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 25 2014
With Lisa O’Carroll
Rupert Murdoch has been officially informed by Scotland Yard that detectives want to interview him as a suspect as part of their inquiry into allegations of crime at his British newspapers.
It is understood that detectives first contacted Murdoch last year to arrange to question him but agreed to [...]

Coulson’s crimes – and the case against the Prime Minister

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 25 2016
Long before the jury returned their verdict, evidence disclosed at the Old Bailey trial had devastated Andy Coulson’s reputation, clearly suggesting that he had misled the Prime Minister and Parliament about his knowledge of crime at the News of the World.
His conviction yesterday will add a prison sentence to the [...]

Rebekah Brooks – adored and loathed

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 25 2014
With Lisa O’Carroll
When Elisabeth Murdoch celebrated her 40th birthday, in the summer of 2008, Rebekah Brooks produced a 32-page souvenir edition of the Sun for the guests at her party with joke stories, a spoof agony aunt column and a composite Page Three girl with Elisabeth’s head grafted on to [...]

A trial that was all about power

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 25 2014
This was no ordinary trial.
It was unusual in its sheer scale: more than three years of police work; 42,000 pages of Crown evidence; seven months of hearings; up to 18 barristers in court at any one time; twelve defendants facing allegations of crime spreading back over a decade.
But what [...]

Murdoch paper penetrated Witness Protection Programme

Published June 2014.

Published by The Guardian
June 25 2014
With Lisa O’Carroll
Rupert Murdoch’s UK company could face a possible action for contempt of court over allegations that the News of the World penetrated Scotland Yard’s highly secret witness protection programme.
Detectives working for the Operation Weeting inquiry into phone hacking are understood to have found evidence that the paper’s £92,000-a-year [...]

Phone-hacking trial reports w/c March 17 2014

Published March 2014.

March 17 2014
When he was royal editor of the News of the World, Clive Goodman repeatedly told his bosses that he needed cash to pay Palace police officers when, in truth, he was passing the money to other journalists, an Old Bailey jury heard yesterday.
The claim was made by Goodman who also told the court [...]

Phone-hacking trial reports w/c March 10 2014

Published March 2014.

March 10 2014
It did not occur to Rebekah Brooks that a “military contact” for whom she authorised more than £80,000 of payments over a five-year period might be a public official and, therefore, that the payments might be illegal, an Old Bailey jury heard yesterday.
In her eleventh day in the witness box, Brooks was challenged [...]

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