Another week consumed by phone hacking speculation and news. It’s very odd to see the story dominate the television and print headlines, when so many key developments were ignored by the majority of media outlets during 2009/10.
Policeman turned columnist Andy Hayman complained about his treatment by MPs this week, but you can watch the former Assistant Commissioner of the Met give evidence here to judge for yourselves. One part that stands out is Hayman’s response to Conservative MP Lorraine Fulbrook’s query over whether he had ever received payment from the media. “Good God,” he exclaims. “Absolutely not. I can’t believe you suggested that”. Simon Hoggart provides an artful sketch here.
Meanwhile, the blogger Guido Fawkes has raised questions about US TV host Piers Morgan’s connection to the scandal, with national newspapers following suit. People searching for stories about this have discovered Meeja Law’s post from April this year, which reported Morgan’s comments on the BBC Radio 4 Media Show – you can read it again here or re-listen here (around 25 mins in).
Hayman’s evidence to MPs:
Phone hacking news
- Press Gazette>>Former NoW deputy editor Neil Wallis arrested
- PR Week>> News Corporation calls in Edelman as hacking crisis deepens
- David Allen Green>> Tom Crone is gone
- Press Gazette>>NI exit for News of the World legal manager Tom Crone
- Press Gazette>>Sun has evidence it did not hack Brown medical records
- Press Gazette>>Brooks and Murdoch invited to appear before MPs
- Press Gazette>>Gordon Brown sick child story came from ‘tip-off’
- Independent>> I’m a hacking victim too, Gordon Brown to say
- Inforrm>>Phone Hacking, Police Corruption and Media Manipulation
- Guardian liveblog>> Ed Miliband asks Cameron why he ignored warnings about Coulson
Phone hacking – public inquiry
- RPC Privacy>> Details of the new inquiry into press regulation and phone-hacking
- Index on Censorship>> UK media inquiries – now is the time for scepticism
- Inforrm>>News: Prime Minister Announces Inquiries led by Lord Justice Leveson
Phone hacking – the BSkyB deal
Phone hacking – media regulation
- HTFP>> State regulation will harm local press says top media lawyer
- David Banks>>Hackgate and PCC reform – I told you so (sort of)
- Index on Censorship>> News of the World fallout could change Britain’s media culture
Phone hacking – legal issues
- Inforrm>>Opinion: Phone Hacking, Libel and Access to Justice – Steven Heffer
- Inforrm>>Opinion: Was it human rights wot won the phone hacking scandal? – Adam Wagner
And some hacking satire…
- Press Gazette>>Journalist rapped for taking pic of Assange in court
- Business Week>> Wikileaks Julian Assange fights extradition
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