‘Can we hack their voicemail? That’s kind of how journalism worked in those days’ – extract from Beyond Contempt | Press Gazette

This first extract focuses on former Sunday Mirror and News of the World reporter Dan Evans, who gave evidence against colleagues and admitted phone-hacking whilst at both titles. It also looks at the case against former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. Beyond Contempt is available to buy as en e-book and order in paperback format

.“Can we hack their voicemail? Oh, there they are… let’s go along with a photographer. That’s kind of how tabloid journalism worked in those days – that was life.” Former News of the World reporter Dan Evans said management referred to phone-hacking during conferences as “special checks,” and unlike the Mirror group, News International wanted everything on email.

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Mr Justice Saunders’ Sentencing Remarks for Dan Evans

The final edition of News of the World, publis...

The final edition of News of the World, published on 10 July 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sentencing Remarks

For more of the untold background to the hacking trial, pre-order a bespoke named edition of ‘Beyond Contempt’, in the next 10 days. E-book due imminently. And you can also come to the launch party in Mid September

1. Daniel Evans is to be sentenced on 4 counts. He worked as a reporter at the Sunday Mirror from 2003 to 2005 and then at the News of the World from 2005 until 2011 when the paper closed. He has admitted phone hacking to get stories at both newspapers. His phone hacking activities at the News of the World stopped almost entirely in August 2006 when Clive Goodman was arrested. In 2009 he did hack the phone of Kelly Hoppen which led to her taking out a civil action. In those proceedings he made a statement denying hacking Kelly Hoppen’s phone. That was a lie as he has admitted. That is count 4 on the indictment. He has also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office (count 3) by paying a prison officer to provide information about Ian Huntley and paying a police officer for information about a celebrity. In September 2010 the New York Times revealed his phone hacking activities and he was suspended by the News of the World and remained suspended until the paper closed.

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 1 July

Tuesday 1 July 2014

Summary
Mitigation Pleas Continue
Timothy Langdale QC pleads Mitigation for Andy Coulson
Witness for Andy Coulson – Matthew D’Ancona (Spectator Journalist)
The Prosecution reply to Coulson’s Mitigation
Application for Costs
News UK apply for costs
Comments from Peter Jukes
Peter Jukes reflects on Live Tweeting

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 11 June

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Wednesday 11 June 2014

Summary
The Summing Up Continues on Count 7
Mr Justice Sanders continues on the Removal of Evidence
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 2 and 3
The Evidence of purchasing Royal Directories and Royal Green Books
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 5
The Evidence of paying a Public Official
Mr Justice Saunders Concludes the Trial
Corrections to Evidence
Jury presented with Electronic copies of the Evidence
The Judge retires the Jury to consider their verdicts

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 10 June

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Tuesday 10 June 2014

Summary
The Summing Up Continues on Count 1
The last full day of Justice Saunders Summing Up
Justice Saunders QC continues his review of Count 1
Goodman pleads Guilty
Coulson’s Resignation
Brooks job offer to Goodman
The Guardian Hacking article in 2009
Email Deletion Policy
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 6
Count 6 and the Archived Boxes
The Summing Up of Evidence on Count 7
Count 7 and the Removal of Evidence

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 27 May

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Tuesday 27 May 2014

Summary
Clive Goodman’s Closing Statement
David Spens QC presents the Closing Statement for Clive Goodman
Green Books and Royal Directories
Counts 2 and 3
Goodman’s Case joined to Hacking Charges
Goodman’s treatment at The News of the World
The evidence of Coulson and Kutner
Goodman’s evidence against Coulson
The Cover-Up

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 21 May

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Wednesday 21 May 2014

Summary
Rebekah Brooks Closing Statement continues
Closing Statement continues on Count 1 with the evidence of Eimear Cook
Closing Statement on Count 5
Closing Statement on Counts 6 and 7
Closing Statement on Count 7
Allegation of Corporate Cover Up
Email Deletion Policy
Rebekah Brooks Defence concludes its Closing Statement

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 20 May

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Tuesday 20 May 2014

Summary
Rebekah Brooks Closing Statement
Jonathan Laidlaw QC presents the Closing Statement for Rebekah Brooks
Laidlaw’s view of the Prosecution Case
Closing Statement on Count 1
Hacking under Brooks Editorship

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Hacking Trial Live Tweets – 6 May

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Tuesday 6 May 2014

Summary
The Defence of Andy Coulson Continues
Justice Saunders explains the proceedings for the day
Witness Statements for Andy Coulson
Witness Statement for Andy Coulson – Joanna Elm
Witness Statement for Andy Coulson – Baroness Varsi
Witness Statement for Andy Coulson – Murdoch McClennan
Justice Saunders provides Directions of Law to the Jury
Changes to the Indictment Sheet
Explanation of Conspiracy Charges
Legal Direction on Count 1
Legal Direction on Count 4
Legal Direction on Count 6
Legal Direction on Count 7

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