Aug 5, 2014

The Guardian‘s tabloid moment: Davies defends Dowler stories

Nick Davies defends The Guardian's role in News of the World's demise amid the phone hacking scandal.

Guy Rundle — Correspondent-at-large

Guy Rundle


With Nick Davies’ Hacked Off racing up the charts, The Guardian supremo is getting fresh heat over the most dramatic claims made during the hackgate affair — that News of the World reporters had hacked the phone of Milly Dowler, a murdered teenager, and had thereby wiped messages from the phone. The vanishing of the messages caused police and the Dowler family to believe that Milly was still alive.

The false hope raised through the hacks’ actions created such a wave of abhorrence that News International knew the gig was up. Rupert Murdoch responded by meeting the Dowlers to apologise profusely — and by closing News of the World, a 170-year old newspaper. He then launched the Sunday Sun, with half the journalists and 90% of NOTW’s circulation.

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One thought on “The Guardian‘s tabloid moment: Davies defends Dowler stories

  1. AR

    ooohhh, did Nick steal Grundle’s fruit loops when they were cadets?

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