The arrest of six more journalists from the shuttered News of the World suggests a new line in the phone-hacking investigation—and a whole new world of pain for Rupert. By Peter Jukes
Just as the phone-hacking scandal had faded—News Corp. had settled most of the hundreds of legal claims filed by phone-hacking victims and the conversation was moving on—British police on Wednesday arrested six former journalists from News of the World.
The arrests on suspicion of phone hacking open up a whole new line of inquiry for the police—as well as the potential for another round of civil claims.
A new tranche of high-profile phone-hacking victims would also be a financial and legal nightmare for News Corp.’s London publishing subsidiary, only months away from separate flotation as a new company.
The six who were reportedly arrested—Jane Atkinson, Rav Singh, Polly Graham, Jules Stenson, Matt Nixson, Rachel Richardson—are all former journalists at News of the World who have not been arrested before on suspicion of phone hacking. Richardson and Atkinson are currently employed by Murdoch’s daily tabloid, The Sun. Jules Stenson was a former assistant editor and features editor, and accused Guardian journalist Nick Davies, who broke the Milly Dowler story, of “shoddy journalism” on BBC Newsnight.