PHONE HACKING AT THE SCREWS
Lewis told MPs that News International had now threatened injunctions to stop him acting for other clients who want to sue over voicemail hacking – including PR man Max Clifford, whose phone was hacked by private investigator Glenn “Trigger” Mulcaire. He gave the committee a copy of a letter, dated 11 August, from Julian Pike of Farrer & Co, the Dirty Digger’s solicitors.
“We refute [sic] any suggestion that you are able to act for Mr Clifford either now or in the future or any other would-be claimant in respect of voicemail accessing allegations… You personally were party to confidential information… which you are obliged not to disclose. Were you to act for any other would-be claimant in respect of the voicemail accessing allegations, at the very least there is an undoubted risk that the confidential information would be put to use… It goes without saying that our client will object to your involvement in this or any other related case as against our client for the reasons set out above. We reserve our client’s rights to take injunctive proceedings against you should you choose to disregard the matters contained in this letter.”
Just one rogue reporter…
When Lewis was asked by the committee what he understood this letter to be saying, he replied: "You know too much. Don’t act against us or we will bring the whole weight of the organisation against you.” The chairman asked Lewis on what possible legal basis NI could injunct him. “On the basis that I won,” he said, “and my client got a lot of money.”
All this is very odd in light of the repeated assertions by Murdoch executives that they had nothing to do with systematic phone hacking, which was all the work of just one rogue reporter and an overactive private investigator. Why so jumpy?
More top stories in the latest issue:
SANDS OF TIME
The Evening Standard’s slavish support for defeated Zac Goldsmith in the London mayoralty fuels new rumours about the future of editor Sarah Sands.
CATCHING THE SUN…
How phone hacking claims are now being extended to cover the Sun at the time Rebekah Brooks was editor.
CANARY IN THE PIT
Canary may aim to ‘disrupt the status quo’ of UK journalism, but in reality it’s a Corbynist clickbait site with some pretty pisspoor editorial standards.
A new book about Madeleine McCann means ‘fresh agony’ for the family, says the Sunday Express – ignoring how it stoked all that old agony.
NEW DAY IS DONE
Trinity Mirror hastily removes all traces of its newly axed daily, as more redundancies are announced at the Daily and Sunday Mirror.
GOODBYE… AND GOOD RIDDANCE?
So. Farewell then ‘distasteful and unpleasant’ Stan Myerson, Richard Desmond’s ‘brother-in-arms’ at Express owner Northern & Shell.
THE SUNSET TIMES…
The Sunday Times runs a fascinating tale about ownership of HMRC’s Customs buildings going offshore – er, just 14 years after Private Eye!