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Phone Hacking: News International Settles With Claimants Including Jude Law And Lord Prescott

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 19, 2012

Dozens of celebrities and politicians, including Jude Law and Lord Prescott, have now settled damages claims over the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Actor Jude Law, former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott and Labour MP Chris Bryant are among the claimants whose settlements were confirmed at the High Court on Thursday.

Law accepted damages of £130,00 while Lord Prescott was given £40,000 and Bryant was handed £30,000.

Speaking outside the court, Bryant said News International had been “lying for year after year” and said he expected more people to go to jail as a result of the scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Gordon Brown’s Downing Street emails ‘hacked’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on January 2, 2012

Computer crime by press may be as widespread as phone scandal

Police investigating computer hacking by private investigators commissioned by national newspapers have uncovered evidence that emails sent and received by Gordon Brown during his time as Chancellor were illegally accessed.

Mr Brown’s private communications, along with emails belonging to a former Labour adviser and lobbyist, Derek Draper, have been identified by Scotland Yard’s Operation Tuleta team as potentially hacked material. They are currently looking at evidence from around 20 computers which hold data revealing that hundreds of individuals may have had their private emails hacked.

The links discovered from the seized computers suggest that the email investigation could involve as many victims as those involved in the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

The eight-strong Tuleta team is looking at the possibility that several Fleet Street titles commissioned specialist private detectives to access computers. News International yesterday declined to comment on the latest allegations.

A source with knowledge of the contents of some of the computers seized from private investigators told The Independent that analysis of a portion of the hundreds of thousands of messages found on the machines showed that Mr Brown and Mr Draper were targeted while the former Prime Minister was Chancellor of the Exchequer. The period includes potentially sensitive episodes in the difficult relationship between Mr Brown and Tony Blair. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rebecca Loos Given ‘Six-Figure Sum’ For Beckham Affair Story, Thurlbeck Alleges

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on December 12, 2011

Former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck has defended the public interest of publishing stories which alleged that David Beckham had cheated on his wife and F1 boss Max Mosley had taken part in a “Nazi orgy”.

Mr Thurlbeck was fired by News International in September after being arrested in April on suspicion of hacking phones while working at the now-defunct Sunday tabloid.

He told the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that he would not comment on phone hacking.

Instead, he was questioned about the justification of publishing so-called “kiss and tell” stories.

In the case of David Beckham’s alleged affair with Rebecca Loos, Mr Thurlbeck said there was a “huge public interest” in going to print.

“He was sponsored left, right and centre,” he said. “He was always promoting himself with his family as a happy modern man. It was a wholesome image that the family cultivated and the public bought into on a massive scale, and we exposed that as a sham.”

He said that although the average payment to the source of a front-page article was “£15,000 to £20,000”, Ms Loos was paid “a six-figure sum”.

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Metropolitan Police Officer ‘Arrested For Leaking Phone Hacking To The Guardian’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 19, 2011


Ni idea when and how this phone hacking case will be ended.
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Piers Morgan ‘Knew About Phone Tapping’

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2011


After internet hacking, phone hacking becoming another terrible threat and challenge in the present world. Nothing can be secret in the epoch of this technologi­cal revolution and people are trying to give trouble to other people keeping themselves trapped. Why?
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Kate Middleton and family may have been phone hacking victims

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 24, 2011

The Duchess of Cambridge and her family may have been victims of the phone hacking scandal.

By Roya Nikkhah and Robert Mendick

The Sunday Telegraph understands that the Duchess, her family and many members of the Royal household with close

The Duchess of Cambridge and her family may have been targeted by phone hacking Photo: REX

connections to senior royals have been targeted and that the extent of the hacking within royal circles was much more widespread than originally thought.

It came as the former wife of George Best said she believed the footballer’s death had been hastened by alleged hacking thoughout the early part of the decade.

The initial investigation into phone hacking identified only five victims –Prince WilliamPrince Harry and three royal aides – who were targeted by the private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and the News of the World’s royal editor, Clive Goodman.

Royal aides have confirmed that the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall have recently been approached by the police in connection with the latest investigation.

But it is now believed that Mulcaire and Goodman also accessed the voicemails of many more royal officials and members of the Royal Family together with a wide circle of their family and friends.

Earlier this month, Guy Pelly, a close friend of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, launched a civil case against the News of the World over allegations of phone hacking.

It is understood that the police have recently contacted many royal officials to inform them that their voicemails were intercepted. Read the rest of this entry »

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David Cameron: With Hindsight I Would Not Have Hired Coulson

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2011


These days UK parliament­ary sessions are becoming so noisy and speaker has to warn lots of times everyday. I wish nothing bad incident happen in the parliament as UK parliament has its own status in the world.
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Rupert Murdoch Attacked With Pie

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

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Rupert Murdoch And James Murdoch Appear Before Parliament To Take Questions On Phone Hacking

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011


Until another big issue this case will dominate other news.
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Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and his son James will appear before British

 

 

Parliament on Tuesday to be grilled by a special committee over evidence of phone hacking at the defunct tabloid News of the World.

The widening scandal has rocked the media, police and the public in Britain, where Murdoch owns many of the country’s largest newspapers. It is alleged that his now defunct News of the World hacked the phones of 4,000 people, from stars to crime victims, to get juicy stories — all with the encouragement of top editors at the paper and aided by some in the police force.

Rupert Murdoch made a rare apology in British newspapers over the weekend.

The elder Murdoch is a man “who meets power with power” and is not going to leave News Corp. willingly, biographer Michael Wolff told Bloomberg News. Wolff’s book, “The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch,” was published in 2008.

Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News.

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Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Paul Stephenson Resigns

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011


This case could bring disaster in UK politics.
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Rupert Murdoch’s empire must be dismantled – Ed Miliband

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17, 2011

Labour leader urges for new media ownership rules saying News Corporation chief has too much power in the UK

Ed Miliband has demanded the breakup of Rupert Murdoch‘s UK media empire in a dramatic intervention in the row over

Ed Miliband has called for cross-party agreement on new media rules to curtail Rupert Murdoch's power. Photograph: Getty Images

phone hacking.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer, the Labour leader calls for cross-party agreement on new media ownership laws that would cut Murdoch’s current market share, arguing that he has “too much power over British public life”.

Miliband says that the abandonment by News International of its bid for BSkyB, the resignation of its chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the closure of the News of the World are insufficient to restore trust and reassure the public.

The Labour leader argues that current media ownership rules are outdated, describing them as “analogue rules for a digital age” that do not take into account the advent of mass digital and satellite broadcasting.

“I think that we’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20% of the newspaper market, the Sky platform and Sky News,” Miliband said. “I think it’s unhealthy because that amount of power in one person’s hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation. If you want to minimise the abuses of power then that kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Phone hacking – Rebekah Brooks resigns: live coverage

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 15, 2011

Latest updates as the fallout continues from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal

Rebekah Brooks. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

10.09am: Tom Mockridge, the head of Sky Italia, will replace Brooks as chief executive of News International, according to reports.

10.09am: Interesting to compare Brooks’s resignation language:

I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate. This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past.

With that of Andy Coulson as he left No 10:

Unfortunately, continued coverage of events connected to my old job at the News of the World has made it difficult for me to give the 110% needed in this role.I stand by what I’ve said about those events but when the spokesman needs a spokesman, it’s time to move on.

10.08am: Here is a longer version of Rebekah Brooks’s resignation statement:

At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons. Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones.

The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.

As chief executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place.

I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Goverment Faces Pressure To Freeze Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB Takeover

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2011


Could this endanger Royals?
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‘News Of The World’ Ends 168 Year Run Amid Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2011


“James Murdoch, chairman of publishers News Internatio­nal, said the 168-year history of Britain’s best-selli­ng newspaper will come to an end when the final edition is published this Sunday. A spokeswoma­n refused to comment on speculatio­n that The Sun will now be published seven days a week.” Let’s wait until tomorrow
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