The Leveson inquiry

A few highlights from the hearings chaired by Lord Justice Leveson as he summoned the most powerful people in the land to answer for their behaviour.

Questions James Murdoch should answer

The Guardian, April 23 2012

As the Leveson inquiry prepares to take evidence from James Murdoch, these are questions which could be put to him All of them are directed to testing key allegations. References to the activities of James Murdoch should be taken to cover those acting on his behalf.

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Messages reveal 'surreptitious covert' contact between Murdochs and key minister

The Guardian, April 24 2012
with David Leigh. Following release by Leveson inquiry of messages between Murdoch lobbyist and Secretary of State for Media Jeremy Hunt.

Sometimes half a dozen confidential texts and emails a day would fly back and forth between the Media Secretary's Cockspur Street office just off Trafalgar Square and the News Corporation team promoting the takeover bid for BSkyB.

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Hacking scandal reaches for the heart of government

The Guardian, April 24 2012

Now we come to the dark heart of this strange affair.

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Questions Rupert Murdoch should answer

The Guardian, April 25 2012

Questions which the Guardian suggested should be put to Rupert Murdoch when he gave evidence at the Leveson inquiry.

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Leveson inquiry finds the holes in Murdoch's denials

The Guardian, April 25 2012

At one point in his evidence yesterday, when he was trying to explain how he dealt with politicians, Rupert Murdoch volunteered: "I'm not good at holding my tongue." It must drive his advisers crazy.

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Murdoch meets his match

The Guardian, April 26 2012

Rupert Murdoch is in trouble. In two days as a witness at the Leveson inquiry, he has blocked and blasted, smeared and smiled and, at the end of it, this most powerful of men still has his ankle caught in the snare of scandal. He is vulnerable.

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Revealed: key minister favoured Murdoch over BSkyB bid

The Guardian, May 24 2012
with David Leigh

The culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, wrote privately to the prime minister urging him in strong terms to back Rupert Murdoch's takeover bid for BSkyB just a month before David Cameron appointed him to take charge of the bid himself in a "quasi-judicial" capacity.

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The back channel that linked Murdoch to key minister

The Guardian, May 24 2012
with David Leigh

If Jeremy Hunt hoped the resignation of his close aide Adam Smith would draw the sting of the scandal surrounding his handling of Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB bid, his hopes would have been dashed by Smith's brief appearance before the Leveson inquiry on Thursday .

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More detail on Murdoch's back channel to minister

The Guardian, May 24 2012
with David Leigh and Dan Sabbagh

Jeremy Hunt's position was further weakened when the Leveson Inquiry published the original draft of the culture secretary's memo to David Cameron about the Murdochs' takeover bid for BSkyB.

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Murdoch directors could face corporate charges

The Guardian, July 31 2012
with David Leigh

Directors of Rupert Murdoch's companies could face corporate charges and prosecution for neglect of their duties, in plans that are being examined by the Crown Prosecution Service.
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Leveson's report - good news for reporters and for victims

The Guardian, November 29 2012

Let us look first at the nightmares that have not become real.

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