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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:

JE SUIS (UN PART-TIME) CHARLIE
NUJ shows solidarity with Paris unity marchers – but didn’t it once stop the Star ‘doing a Hebdo’ by making it pull a spoof Daily Fatwah page?

RADIO GAGA
FT writer Tony Barber’s line on Charlie Hebdo’s ‘editorial foolishness’ is cut from his blog – but endorsed by IS-controlled radio in the caliphate.

OUT OF THE LOOP
The world commemorates the Paris victims, but a Times fashion writer is totally baffled when Helen Mirren accessorises her frock with a pen.

A PLACE IN THE SUN
Returning Sun columnist Kelvin Mackenzie slams broadcasters for invisible coverage of the slaughter of 2,000 Nigerians (which the Sun sticks on p21).

EXQUISITE TIMING
As the Charlie Hebdo news broke, the Express tells cartoonist Paul Thomas he is MD Martin Ellice’s first ‘kill’ in a round of compulsory redundancies.

LAUGHTER IN COURT
How lawyers defending Sun journalists passed the time in court… sending spoof texts to a Guardian hack who was having trouble with her phone.

MANTEL PIECES
Big plugs in the Times and Sunday Times for the TV version of Wolf Hall won’t disappoint the book’s publisher HarperCollins (or the publisher’s owner, one R. Murdoch).

WEDDING BALLS
Sun and Sunday Times note Stephen Fry’s generation gap nuptials – yet neither noticed when a media boss of 68 married a woman of 30. Odd that!

NIGHT MAYOR
How Boris Johnson prepared for his night sleeping rough with Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev… staying at the latter’s agreeable villa in Perugia.

BOOHOO FOR THE TIPSTERS
Why Guardian and Sunday Times readers who bought into fashion retailer Boohoo.com will now be crying into their share portfolios.

DON’T MENTION THE PROFIT
Panic stations at the Telegraph where, despite belt-tightening and mass sackings, that sacrosanct profit target of £60m has not been met.

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