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Gwyneth Paltrow is among thousands that could have been targeted by a tabloid phone hacking operation.
By Paul Bond in Britain:
Further legal action possible in News of the World phone hacking scandal
22 April 2011
The arrest of senior journalists, a limited admission of liability by News International, the pressing of civil test cases for damages, and the possibility of a further police investigation into illegal payments to officers, have deepened the crisis surrounding the News of the World (NoW) phone hacking scandal.
The case continues to reveal the close relations of the media, police and politicians. Last week, Prime Minister David Cameron rejected calls for a public inquiry into phone hacking. He did so in an interview with the News Corporation channel Sky News. Pre-empting further investigations he said, “I’m not sure anyone fully knew how widespread it was”.
The matter first came to light in 2006, when the NoW published stories concerning members of the royal family. The NoW’s royal editor Clive Goodman and a private investigator he employed, Glen Mulcaire, were jailed for four and six months respectively in 2007 for illegally accessing mobile phone messages.
The line taken by the paper was that Goodman was a rogue reporter, and Mulcaire an out of control investigator. The NoW’s then editor, Andy Coulson, resigned, denying any wider knowledge of phone hacking. He later became Cameron’s director of communications.
When Metropolitan Police officers searched Mulcaire’s home, they found 4,332 names, 2,978 mobile phone numbers, and 91 PIN codes to access voicemails. But they interviewed only one journalist, Goodman, and a senior officer later told MPs that they had only identified “8 to 12” possible victims. Andy Hayman, who led the original police inquiry, resigned shortly afterwards and started writing a column for the Times, another News International paper.
A number of public figures questioned whether their messages had been hacked, and suggestions mounted that many politicians had been targeted. Former Prime Minister Gordon Brown asked the police to investigate whether his phones had been hacked in 2005-2007 when he was chancellor.
From 2009 the Guardian published further revelations of the scale of hacking. News International invited the Guardian to submit any evidence of wrongdoing to the police and the Metropolitan Police obligingly decided that “no additional evidence has come to light” and refused to open a new inquiry.
It then emerged that News International (NI, the UK subsidiary of News Corporation) had paid out more than £1 million in damages and costs to settle claims of phone-hacking against three people involved in football. These were not disclosed during the earlier trial because of gagging clauses.
Phone-hacking: David Cameron hints at future judicial inquiry: here.
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