A “mountain of evidence was left unexplored” before Scotland Yard announced that no new proof of phone-hacking at the News of the World (NoW) had emerged from its latest investigation.
That’s the damning verdict from Nick Davies, the journalist who has lead the Guardian’s exposes on illegal news gathering activities allegedly taking place at the News International Sunday tabloid.
Davies said: “If the Guardian, New York Times and Channel 4’s Dispatches can all find numerous journalists who worked at NoW who without exception insist that the newspaper routinely used private investigators to gather information by illegal means, why can’t Scotland Yard find a single one who will tell them the story?” The latest of three inquiries – the first ended with two arrests in 2006 – only considered “new” evidence and interviewed just three journalists who “were approached not as witnesses but as suspects,” said Davies.
He said Scotland Yard was leaving itself open to accusations of a cover-up because a growing number of high-profiled individuals who believe their voicemails have been hacked “were now on their way to court”.
Here, “two cachés of evidence”, including data gathered from phone companies, “which police have been sitting on for four years,” could be disclosed.
This article appears in issue 265 of Media Digest.
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