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I wrote last October about my phone hacking experience and how the News of the World apologised to me and how I settled out of court with them.

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Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2011


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I wrote last October about my phone hacking experience and how the News of the World apologised to me and how I settled out of court with them.


I said at the time, I doubted that the Met Police investigation would ever uncover little more than a fraction of what the N.O.W. and other papers have been up to. In recent weeks, however, shocking allegations have emerged as a result of their enquiry, which has made the British public both angry and disgusted, and far more interested in this whole issue.


They claim that Milly Dowler, the survivors of the July 7 bombings, the McCanns and many others thrust into the media spotlight could have been the victims of phone hacking or worse.


Most people I know were concerned that stars, celebs and politicians had been victims of the phone hacking, but reaction generally has been that they use the media for their own benefits so no big deal.


However, now the British public are aware that ordinary families, often caught up in tragedies, have also potentially been victimised by the N.O.W., they have taken this whole matter much more seriously.


So damaging were these revelations, and with the likelihood of more to come, that Rupert Murdoch made the decision to close down the N.O.W. a couple of weeks ago.


No doubt he hoped that by closing the paper after 168 years, the damage to News International and News Corporation of the phone hacking scandal would start to fade.


In fact, I believe the closure of the N.O.W. is really all an attempt to protect Rupert Murdochs 8 billion pound BskyB bid.


Scandal made the News of the World Britains most popular and successful paper. How ironic then that a scandal of its own creation should lead to its demise.


Originally published in Surrey Life magazine October 2010


House of Commons to look into phone hacking


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Its been announced that the all powerful House of Commons cross-party standards and privileges committee is to conduct further investigations into phone-hacking charges at the News of the World.


Speaking as someone whose phone was admittedly hacked by the NotW, I would be very surprised if the truth ever comes out about this matter!


Too many very powerful people have got too much to lose if anything like the real truth ever surfaces. However, I would be delighted to be proved wrong.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine August 2009


The Guardian uncovers phone tapping at NotW

I have a very personal interest in The Guardian's recent claims about phone tapping. I was one of those whose phones were tapped by News of the World journalist Clive Goodwin aided by private investigator Glen Mulcaire back in 2005.

They also tapped the phones of Princes William and Harry, Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes and the model Elle Macpherson, among others. Both men pleaded guilty and received short prison sentences.

The News of the World always denied any knowledge of these activities, but according to The Guardian, they claimed that many other NotW journalists repeatedly used these methods on hundreds of people.

My view is simple - these alleged illegal activities can only be justified when it is a matter of national security or something that is of vital importance to the British public.

Illegal methods of invading privacy for nothing more in real terms than to increase circulation of a newspaper in not justifiable and must be stopped.

A free press is vital in a real democracy - but that press must also be open, accountable, and responsible for its actions.


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