Background features on hacking

The series of stories which the Guardian ran when the big hacking trial was over. "A trial that was all about power" was the most important, an attempt to say most of what needed to be said.

Coulson guilty; Brooks innocent; Murdoch faces police questions

The Guardian, June 24 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.

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Coulson's crimes - and the case against the Prime Minister

The Guardian, June 24 2014

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.

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A trial that was all about power

The Guardian, June 25 2014

This was no ordinary trial.

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Rebekah Brooks - adored and loathed

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 the body of a naked woman (Headline: "Lizzie's the breast").

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Murdoch paper penetrated Witness Protection Programme

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.

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The storm of misreporting around Milly Dowler's messages

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 World.

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Inside story of the inquiry which exposed crimes in Fleet Street

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, email-hacking, payments to public officials, accessing data on...

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Police face unanswered questions about their links to Murdoch

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.

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Politicians who challenge Murdoch have nothing to lose but their fear

The Guardian, April 6 2015
Published during the 2015 election campaign, eventually won by the Conservatives.

Five years ago, as he prepared to fight the general election of May 2010, the then prime minister Gordon Brown instructed officials to write him a particularly risky speech. It attacked the press. More than that, it attacked Rupert and James Murdoch by name - defending the BBC against their constant sniping, ridiculing the younger Murdoch's obsession with profit, calling for a new approach to the...

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