Phone Hacking: Top 10 Must Read Stories Ahead Of James Murdoch's Committee Meeting

The Huffington Post UK   First Posted: 08/11/2011 11:29 GMT Updated: 08/01/2012 09:12 GMT

Phone hacking at News of the World has started to make its way back up the news agenda after a series of new revelations about the activities of journalists at the now defunct newspaper.

On Thursday News International chief executive James Murdoch will appear before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee to try to explain himself, again. It promises to be an explosive meeting.

The story has sailed into such complex waters that many people are at danger of losing their way.

To help understand where the story is now, here's 10 stories you must read before Murdoch's appearance:

1. News of the World lawyer 'suggested putting victim's solicitors under surveillance'
A lawyer working on behalf of the News of the World suggested putting two solicitors acting for phone hacking victims under surveillance to find out if they were “an item”, it was disclosed last night.

2. Police revise up number of potential victims
A total of 5,795 people may have had their phones hacked by the News of the World (NoW) newspaper, police now say.

3. Police Probe If News Of The World Hacked Creation Records Founder Alan McGee
Alan McGee, the founder of Creation Records, has been told he could have had his phone hacked byNews of the World.

4. New Emails Indicate Widespread Knowledge Of Hacking At News Of The World
A slew of new evidence in the ongoing phone hacking investigation has been released which suggests key figures at News Of The World knew the practice went beyond a "rogue reporter".

5.Scotland Yard Arrests Sun Reporter in Probe
British authorities arrested a reporter from News Corp.'s U.K. tabloid the Sun on Friday amid a probe into police bribery, marking the first time the scandal over illicit reporting tactics has shifted the spotlight to the now-closed News of the World's weekday sister paper.

6.Milly Dowler Detectives 'Likely' To Be News Of The World Phone Hacking Victims
Officers from Surrey Police are "likely" to have fallen victim to phone hacking as detectives investigated the disappearance of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, a seminar has heard.

7.'Solicitors have been phone hacked' says Pannone
North west solicitors advising high-profile clients are emerging as victims of phone hacking, Manchester law firm, Pannone said today.

8.The 'six possible sources' for Guardian's hacking scoop

Phone-hacking lawyer Mark Lewis has added Glenn Mulcaire’s solicitors to the list of potential sources for The Guardian’s bombshell story on News International’s legal settlement with PFA chief Gordon Taylor.

9.Phone-hacking scandal disrupts Murdoch succession
The phone-hacking scandal brought simmering tensions in the Murdoch clan to the fore and disrupted a succession plan to News Corp. chief executive Rupert Murdoch, according to an article in the upcoming edition of Vanity Fair.

10. Phone hacking 'is top Twitter topic'

British journalists tweeted about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal more than any other subject between July and September, according to a study of more than 330,000 tweets.

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