Rupert Murdoch’s popular trash tabloid The Sun could face civil lawsuits.
A High Court judge in London has ruled that victims who claim that their phones were hacked by News Corp journalists working at the Sun tabloid can now pursue those claims for the very first time.
Hacking Inquiry reports:
Commenting on the judgement handed down today at the High Court enabling – for the first time – scores of hacking claims to be made against The Sun, Dr Evan Harris, Joint Executive Director of Hacked Off, said:
“This is another bad day for the Sun and especially for the Chief Executive of NewsCorp UK, Rebekah Brooks, because a court has now found that there is sufficient evidence for claims to be brought against the company for hacking at The Sun under her editorship.
“The evidence which supported the application included statements of four whistleblowers whose evidence was not considered at the Leveson Inquiry (mainly because of criminal proceedings being current at that time).
“News Corp will seek to settle all these claims out of court and not allow any to get to trial. Either way Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry must go ahead and examine in public these whistleblower allegations and the corrupt relationships between the press and police that have kept this cover-up going for so long. The Government must now indicate that Part 2 of Leveson will definitely take place as the Prime Minister promised when prosecutions are complete.”
The judgment is available here.
Hacked Off is the campaign for a free and accountable press. The Campaign works with victims of press abuse to achieve those aims.
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