Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Murdochs Former Editor’s Letter: Phone Hacking Well Known in 2007


The U.K. newspaper The Guardian is reporting fresh scandal in the phone hacking business for Rupert and James Murdoch. They’ve obtained a letter written in 2007 by former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman. The letter surfaced in a batch of correspondence concerning the phone hacking. Here’s the link: Goodman had already been fired in the hacking scandal and wrote to the head of News International in protest on March 2, 2007. He’d just finished a four month jail term for hacking phones of members of the royal family. Basically, Goodman wrote that everyone at News of the World knew about the phone hacking, that it was sanctioned, and that he’d been promised a return to his job after incarceration if he didn’t implicate the company. Some names are redacted in the letter, but its meaning is clear. “Other members of staff were carrying out the same illegal procedures. This practice was widely discussed in the daily editorial conference.” The Guardian article suggests the Murdochs will be called back before Parliament.

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Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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