News: Rebekah and Charlie Brooks reported to be among six new phone hacking arrests – Laura Sandwell

13 03 2012

It is reported that former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks and her husband, the racehorse trainer, Charlie Brooks, are among six new Operation Weeting arrests today.  The six were arrested this morning as part of the inquiry into the phone hacking at News of the World and its aftermath.  The arrests took place in a series of co-ordinated raids between 0500 and 0700am.  Metropolitan Police officers arrested five men and one woman on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice contrary to the Criminal Law Act 1977, and are searching premises connected with these arrests. Read the rest of this entry »





News: Spotlight on Snooping: Home Affairs Committee inquiry into private investigators – Gervase de Wilde

13 03 2012

The discovery of Glenn Mulcaire’s hoard of notebooks is among the more memorable details of the phone hacking scandal. The information they contained revealed the extent of News Group Newspaper’s illegal activities, and the company’s interest in figures from across public life. But the value of the scrutiny of Mulcaire and NGN’s relationship which the affair has prompted goes beyond its effect on the media to the wider exposure of another unregulated industry which frequently profits from personal information, that of private investigators. Read the rest of this entry »





Lord Hunt’s proposal: the last chance saloon again – Brian Cathcart

13 03 2012

Lord Hunt says he is winding up the Press Complaints Commission, of which he is chairman, and will launch a new body “with teeth”. He has discussed this planned body at the Leveson inquiry and elsewhere, but his ideas have at least four significant weaknesses. Read the rest of this entry »