Beckham Hacking: Mirror Cover-Up (Part I)

In an effort to be helpful, Guido has today written to the Mirror Group’s Legal Director, Paul Vickers, who is conducting an internal investigation into allegations of Mirror Group hacking and blagging. So far Vickers has discovered nothing, not a single bit of wrongdoing. Mirror Group CEO Sly Bailey will be so disappointed. Maybe this will help him:

How much hush-money did the Mirror Group pay David Brown to buy his silence about widespread hacking of celebrities and politicians done from within the Mirror’s newsroom? Tom Watson and the DCMS Select Committee don’t seem very interested in hacking when it was done by Mirror journalists under Piers Morgan. Perhaps Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry will take a harder look…

UPDATE: Trinity Media’s press office confirm that David Brown left the business on April 5, 2006. So it would be more precise to say in the above letter that the settlement, rather than the sacking, was in 2007. The Press Gazette covered the story and the threat of an imminent industrial tribunal immediately after the sacking.




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