Actor Hugh Grant and former U.K. Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott attended a dinner to honor Nick Davies, the Guardian newspaper reporter who in July 2009 broke the first story that phone hacking at News Corp.’s News of the World newspaper might extend beyond a “rogue” reporter.
U.K. lawmakers will debate calls for an urgent public inquiry into phone-hacking by Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World as allegations mounted that the newspaper tapped the voicemails of murder victims and their families and paid police officers for stories.
London police are too close to the media and senior officers must be more transparent about contact with journalists, according to a report prompted by the phone- hacking scandal at News Corp.’s News of the World tabloid.
News Corp.’s British newspaper unit is close to settling at least 10 lawsuits by politicians, athletes and other prominent victims of phone hacking before the first civil trial over the scandal starts next month.
U.K. House of Commons lawmakers voted to hold an inquiry into phone-tapping by reporters at Rupert Murdoch ’s News of the World newspaper when Andy Coulson , Prime Minister David Cameron ’s communications chief, was editor.