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Phone hacking charges - how the newspapers covered the story

2019-11-16 点击次数 :197次

Eight people are charged with phone hacking, seven of them journalists, including a former Downing Street aide and a media company boss. That's a very significant story, is it not?

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In the history of newspapers, going back to their 17th century birth, no such case has ever been launched before. "Unprecedented" may have been the most over-used word throughout the hacking scandal, but it is justified again to describe this turn of events.

The formal charging of the eight led the BBC's TV and radio news bulletins throughout yesterday, as it did most of the ITV and Sky News bulletins. It was also

That was hardly surprising. Andy Coulson was communications director for the coalition government. Rebekah Brooks was chief executive of News International. They were charged along with five of the most senior former staff at the and the paper's former contracted investigator, Glenn Mulcaire.

So how did today's national dailies cover that big story this morning? It was , with four pages inside, and a related leading article about the Leveson inquiry, .

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It dominated the front page of The Independent, , with pictures of the eight accused. There was a single inside page plus a lengthy leader, . By contrast, it was merely a blurb on i's front page, which relegated the story to page 6.

The Financial Times thought the story merited top billing: . And The Times gave it front page treatment too, with a splash - admittedly beneath a biggish picture of Boris Johnson at the London Olympics - . It turned to page 2.
But the Daily Telegraph chose to publish only a double-column story at the foot of page one, . There was also a half a news page inside plus a business section story,

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Then, proving my point yet again about there being two presses in Britain - informed also by a continuing element of embarrassment about journalistic misbehaviour - the story got short shrift in the tabloids.

The Daily Mirror gave it something of a show in a spread across pages 12-13, choosing to highlight its political ramifications for prime minister David Cameron, .

It was the page 8 lead in the Daily Mail, which also accentuated the political point, . Metro kept it to page 7 while the Daily Express buried it on . And it was even harder to find in the Daily Star, making only a single column on page 2.

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, which led page 14 with a story amounting to just eight paragraphs, appeared to side with the paper's former editor in its choice of angle and headline, "Brooks: I will fight Milly hacking case."

Well, we all remember referring to Brooks as his "priority" in that amazing week in July last year when she was struggling to hold on to her job. And The Sun does tend to echo his views after all.

As Murdoch told the Leveson inquiry:

Widespread international coverage

The story was covered widely around the world, making big headlines in major titles on every continent. (New York Times); (Washington Post); (Canada's Globe & Mail); (The Australian); and Phone hacking: Rebekah Brooks, UK PM's ex-aide charged (Times of India).

European papers and news websites also gave the story big billing: Examples: ; France's and ; Germany's and and Sweden's .

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