“Daily Mirror” Continues to Face Phone-Hacking Allegations

Posted by Beth LeValley

Mirror Group Newspapers, Britain’s biggest newspaper group, has been under question for articles that could include information gathered from phone-hacking. While the last three years it has been denying these allegations, it has recently confirmed that phone-hacking was involved in former stories.

Piers Morgan was an editor at Daily Mirror from 1995-2004, when these phone-hacks would have been present.

Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

Morgan is familiar with publishing scandals—he left the publication in 2004 after fake photos were published showing Iraqi prisoners being tortured by British soldiers.

He confirmed Tuesday that he was interrogated for a second time. He was first interviewed in December 2013.

In an interview in October 2014, Morgan commented: “I’ve never hacked a phone nor told anyone to hack a phone.”

According to The Independent, “[Mirror Group Newspapers] is currently fighting dozens of civil claims which allege a ‘widespread and habitual’ use of hacking inside its three national titles.”

The publisher is still under an ongoing investigation, and claims from around the world are filing complaints against Mirror Group Newspaper’s three national publications.

Morgan still denies the claims of phone-hacking, and according to The Guardian, in the most recent interview he also said, “[a]s this is an ongoing investigation, I am unable to comment further until its conclusion.”

Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

Photo courtesy of gettyimages.com

As a journalist, how do you think this impacts other publications? How will it impact your future job?

Also, why are these articles focusing on Piers Morgan? Do you think they should have reached a conclusion by now?


4 responses to ““Daily Mirror” Continues to Face Phone-Hacking Allegations

  1. I’m wondering why they’re putting Morgan in the accusation spotlight for this issue. There are plenty of other people working on the publication who have the power (or means) to hack phones, I’m sure. Have they interviewed anyone else? This investigation seems surface-y, and I don’t like that.

    • As far as I know, they’ve interviewed some other people but still focus their attention on Morgan. The most surprising thing was that I found several distinguished publications (The Guardian, New York Times, for example) do the same thing—focus on Morgan.

  2. I think that this situation shows how crucial it is to be ethical in our role as journalists. As technology continues to progress, it becomes easier and easier to fabricate things – such as photos, using a program like photoshop, etc. When it is so easy to manipulate information, we need to make sure that we are upholding the ethical standards of our field so that the public can trust us to provide them with fair and accurate information.

    • Definitely! Providing the truth is what journalists are for, and there shouldn’t be any bias or fabrication.
      I’m curious, do you think this could apply to the recent Baltimore protests too? I’ve heard a lot of people complain about the media on this.

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