Lord Fowler had the first question on Thursday and used it to call for an enquiry on telephone hacking by newspapers. http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201011/ldhansrd/text/110616-0001.htm#11061643000197 I came in on a case I took up some years ago when the then editor of the Sun, Stuart Higgins, was involved in a case of sexual harassment of staff. He left the Sun I think under pressure and later I received the legal papers describing the abuse and its effect on the woman concerned. News International paid her a considerable sum – I was told around £500,000 but that may have included medical payments as well. I posted details on my blog some years ago and the BBC and a couple of newspapers reported it. http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/nov/12/uk.pressandpublishing Interestingly the Sun claimed that I had used Parliamentary privilege which I hadn’t. I said it in Parliament but also in the national media. I think they were trying to say that they would do something about it if they could – a weird defence!
In order to give him a chance of replying before publishing the information I had called Stuart Higgins and his immediate reply was ” You shouldn’t do this to me – I’m on my way to a school governors meeting” This from an editor of a tabloid!!
The point I made in the question was that when I wrote to Rupert Murdoch asking if he knew about it I got no reply – and I tried more than once! They also put an injunction on the woman requiring her not to comment on the case. So when you hear newspapers complaining about injunctions ( not unreasonably at times) just remember that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander!
It is hard to believe that Rupert Murdoch had no knowledge of telephone hacking by his journalists.