Special Reports

Phone hacking: media scandal

Inside the phone hacking claims which have brought an end to the News of the World after 168 years as Britain's biggest Sunday paper.

article 29 November 2012 UK
Cameron wary of law to curb 'reckless' press
Cameron wary of law to curb 'reckless' press (G)

"Outrageous", "reckless" and "frankly appalling": Lord Justice Leveson delivers a damning verdict on the press. But David Cameron says he has "serious concerns" about the proposal of a new press law.

video 29 November 2012 UK
VIDEO: Lord Leveson's report on media standards

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Lord Leveson delivers his report into media standards and ethics on a defining day for British journalism.


article 21 May 2015 UK
Mirror Group Newspapers in phone hacking damages award to Alan Yentob, Sadie Frost, Paul Gascoigne and Shane Ritchie
Phone hacking payouts for Paul Gascoigne and Sadie Frost

More than 1m in damages are awarded to celebrities, including Paul Gascoigne, Sadie Frost, Shane Ritchie and Alan Yentob over phone hacking by Mirror Group Newspapers.

video 25 June 2014

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Oaten on being hacked: 'I actually did start crying' - video

Mark Oaten was forced to resign in 2006 following his Lib Dem leadership bid, amid a NoW scandal about an affair. He later learned his phone was hacked and that he had never received crucial messages.

article 25 June 2014 UK
by End of the World: what really happened behind Wapping walls

When the phone-hacking allegations piled up and eventually took down the News of the World, Hayley Barlow was there to witness it all. Here is her story.

article 24 June 2014 UK
Rebekah Brooks (Reuters)
Rebekah Brooks: social butterfly with an iron will

News of the World editor, lover of Andy Coulson, protegee of Rupert Murdoch - the extent of Rebekah Brooks's connections with the rich and powerful became clear during the phone-hacking trial.

article 11 October 2013 UK
Britain's three major parties agree a number of changes to the Royal Charter on press regulation (picture: Getty)
Main political parties agree deal on press regulation

The UK's three main political parties reach an agreement on establishing a new system of press regulation, a government source says.

article 08 October 2013 UK
The newspaper industry's proposals for press regulation will be rejected, it has been suggested (picture: Getty)
Newspapers' plans for press regulation rejected

Culture Secretary Maria Miller tells the Commons that the newspaper industry's proposals for self-regulation have been rejected - and that the government will now press ahead with its own charter.

article 12 September 2013 UK
Mirror Group Newspapers under investigation over alleged phone-hacking (picture: Getty)
Sunday Mirror publisher probed over alleged phone hacking

Police tell Mirror Group Newspapers it is under investigation over alleged illegal phone hacking carried out by former employees of the Sunday Mirror.

article 31 July 2013 UK
Theresa May announces that it will become illegal to operate as a private investigator without a licence (picture: Getty)
Eye spy: crackdown on rogue private investigators

Operating as a private investigator without a licence is to become a criminal offence, under plans announced by Theresa May to tackle rogue elements in the industry.


It appears to have been prevalent across newspapers for years.