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.
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.”
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?