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Thursday, 28 April 2016

Sun Hacking Claims Are Go

The defence of the Murdoch empire against claims that phone hacking might not have been confined solely to the late and not at all lamented Screws. The Super Soaraway Currant Bun had no part in the bad behaviour. So one title was closed down, the other survived, and by the most fortunate coincidence became a seven day operation, thus compensating perfectly for the lost coverage.
Sadly, though, there has been no happy ending, as evidence has emerged that It Was The Sun Wot Also Did It. Back in January, Zelo Street observed that claims had been made that the Sun was involved in hacking phones. There were “five new defence witnesses … a number of these were former NGN journalists”. Former Murdoch journalists prepared to blow the whistle on their then employer. So who was targeted?

the 16 claimants … include former EastEnders and Coronation Street actors … Simon Clegg, the former chief executive of the British Olympic Association … says around half of the articles he alleges were obtained through phone hacking were published in the Sun … Other celebrities … include the former FamilyFortunes presenter Les Dennis, Hear’Say singer and Coronation Street actor Kym Marsh and Doctors actor Sarah Manners”.

Earlier this month, we discovered who was blowing the whistle: information in support of the claims “has been provided by the convicted phone hacker and former News of the World news editor Greg Miskiw in support of an application to include the Sun in a tranche of phone-hacking claims against News Group Newspapers, the owner of the Sun and the now-defunct News of the World”. And today the case returned to court.

There, as Nick Mutch at Byline Media has told, the presence of Paul “Privacy is for paedos” McMullan “stated Brooks set a ‘tone of criminality’ and that ‘the only way… to keep our jobs was to go along with it’ … He claimed it was standard practice at The Sun for journalists to be tasked finding a legitimate way to stand up a story based on information gathered by phone hacking or surveillance”.

Coming in the same week as the verdicts on the 96 Liverpool fans who lost their lives in the Hillsborough disaster, and the widespread revulsion at Police corruption, together with appallingly inaccurate reporting, the public mood is moving very firmly behind the resumption of the Leveson Inquiry into its second phase, considering the relationship between Police and the press. The new hacking case underscores this.

Victims of press intrusion want to see Leveson 2. The Hillsborough families want to see Leveson 2. And an increasing number of politicians across the political spectrum want to see Leveson 2. The press establishment is implacably opposed to the move, but then the question has to be asked: in whose name are we governed, that of the people, or the few very rich and very powerful offshore interests who run much of the press?

The Sun had a bad day on Tuesday. Today may have been the beginning of the end.


rob said...

And the Police spying on Green Party's, Sian Berry and Caroline Lucas, adds a bit more spice to the police side of the equation. Who on earth persuaded them that they were a subversive element?

The usual suspects? Sorry more lines being drawn.

Anonymous said...

"Today may have been the beginning of the end."

Of what, Tim?

You surely don't think it means the end of the Sun or Murdoch's evil in this country?

Those people will never change, any more than Nazis did. They are dyed-in-the-wool, rotten-to-the-core evil. Always have been, always will be. It will stay that way until enough citizens stop buying their disgusting muck.

Anonymous said...

There's also on-going hacking cases, described in court as being "on an industrial scale" perpetrated by Mirror journalists. Payments so far amount to £1.2 million, which dwarfs compensation paid out by News International. Trinity Mirror lost their appeal over the scale of the compensation amounts last December, and many more cases are expected.

Neil said...

Nick Mutch's Byline article is currently unavailable.

Anonymous said...

Yet they stopped persuing them investigatory wise.

How many people have been datamined to some extent?

The public deserve to know.

I'd believe whole organisations have been hacked, compromised and blackmailed?