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Phone Hacking At The screws
Issue 1245, 15th September 2009
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The Dirty Digger, whose executives knew nothing about systematic phone hacking

‘Injunctive proceedings’
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:

JERRY CAN OF WORMS
More emerges on Jerry Lewis, who failed to declare his interest when writing about allegations against old friend Lord Janner, the Labour peer.

RUPERT’S BILL OF HEALTH
Why Rupert Murdoch won’t be suing the law firm whose findings, he said, once led him to believe everything at News International was tickety-boo

IN THE LAND OF THE RISIBLE SUN…
The Sun slams an England footballer’s use of a ‘vile “Jap” jibe’ – and entirely forgets its own extensive use of the word down the years.

BAKU SCRATCHING
Why the unsubstantiated puffery for the Azerbaijan games in the Evening Standard? Surely not because its publisher took £50,000 from the organisers!

SAY IT WITH FLOWERS…
Panic at the Telegraph where those who subscribe for a year are offered free flowers, but others can get a cheaper deal from the paper’s own call centre!

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