Some investigative journalism is involved, but as Davies points out early in piece, his inquiries were not a Watergate-style mystery chase.
Clear evidence indicating that sustained phone hacking had taken place at the News of the World and other publications was there in the public record, following it up wasn't a matter of hunting down unlisted numbers and working dead drops with mystery sources but one of forcing the Metropolitan Police to release the mountain of inc This is a book about power. Clear evidence indicating that sustained phone hacking had taken place at the News of the World and other publications was there in the public record, following it up wasn't a matter of hunting down unlisted numbers and working dead drops with mystery sources but one of forcing the Metropolitan Police to release the mountain of incriminating evidence they had seized and withheld from victims and the public at large.
While investigative reporting got the ball rolling, the crucial tool was the court system. Much of this book is the story of Davies' efforts to inform, recruit and collaborate with other journalists, lawyers and hacking victims to pursue News Limited in court, in the process forcing Scotland Yard and the Crown Prosecution Service to reveal the hard evidence needed to break down the official fiction that hacking had been limited to a rogue reporter.
Once the white heat of public outrage cooled, Fleet Street and News moved in to trash the Leveson inquiry findings, joined shortly thereafter by Number 10, foreclosing the possibility of any serious change to the old arrangements. New laws were introduced making it harder for journalists to keep sources and material secret from the police — as if police efforts to prosecute News were hampered for want of evidence — and business as usual resumed.
The acquittal of Rebekah Brooks, assisted by the deletion of email archives and Murdoch-funded legal team that vastly outgunned the Crown Prosecution Service serves to underline the point: Don't miss the epilogue of this book. For those of us who followed the phone hacking scandal from the beginning, this was a great overview and a blow by blow rapid-fire account of how it started, developed into the biggest scandal in British journalism, and how it ended.
It is also a fascinating study in determination on the part of the author, who broke the story originally and who followed it through despite having a full case-load of other stories to write. Nick Davies is the writer who broug Don't miss the epilogue of this book. Nick Davies is the writer who brought us Flat Earth News and Dark Heart read them if you haven't - and deserves every award going for his Olympic level persistence in seeing this battle through.
As he mentions in the epilogue, the war's not over. His reflections on what it all means was truly fascinating and a fitting end to this marathon of brilliant investigative journalism. And don't miss the epilogue. Have I said that already? First five-star review of A riveting account of how one journalist from the Guardian dared to take on News Corp, one of the world's biggest media conglomerates and expose the wrongdoings of its British tabloid "News of the World", later known as the 'phone-hacking scandal'.
A brilliant work of investigative journalism that deserves to be read. Jul 24, Nick Soulsby rated it it was amazing. Here are a few numbers. Why does it matter? The government that the people have elected to represent, as best as possible, their collective interests and to protect them from harm is no longer able to wield true power in the face of the buying power possessed by the corporations.
There is nothing defending the lives and well-being of the public; we are all at risk. News International is an organisation that recognises that governments are the only bodies able to exercise any control over their behaviour. Therefore News International deliberately advocates the shrinking of governments, the reduction of their revenue, the weakening of their regulatory powers, the most stringent controls over their spending. News International does so in order to ensure that it possesses a competitive advantage over the only organisation able to exercise any restraint upon their corruption.
It attacks tax levels, attacks public service in general, in order to reduce the expertise and skills available to the judiciary, to the police force, to the tax authorities, to all levels of our political establishment making it less likely wrong-doing will be detected, prevented or punished. The hacking scandal was not a case of a few celebrities getting their fingers burned.
Of the hackers exposed after all those years, one had hacked a minimum of 5, people, another had hacked a further 1, News International went after the family and friends of two girls murdered in the town of Soham. In other words, if you, your family, your parents, your children, your friends — anyone you know — gets caught up in a tragedy, all their conversations and information medical records, police records, bank records, employment records, diaries, etc.
News International destroyed million emails during the course of the investigations. The leaders within the police service who led the early investigations were being wined and dined by, and were friends with, the people they were meant to investigate — the police deliberately misled parliament, the public, the courts and the inquiries.
The Press Complaints Commission which was meant to ensure that newspapers respected the laws of this country saw its role as being to deflect criticism away from its richest benefactors and was too scared to speak out against them because it would mean News International the Sun, the Times, the News of the World, Sky News would send teams out to attack and slur them. The governments, both Labour and Conservative, were too busy trying to ensure good coverage and to avoid attempts to undermine them with sleaze stories, critical coverage and attacks that they were unwilling to speak out and decided instead to give jobs to people who had broken the law, to attend their parties, call them friends, privilege their views.
News International was allowed to tell your government and my government what their policies should be. I found myself punching the air through sheer frustration as the suit-wearing white-collar criminals slipped through the net while setting themselves up as judge and jury over everyone else. There are some hidden subtleties in there and a few simple skills, but generally speaking, there is nothing very clever about it. We cannot underestimate the patience, willpower and sheer strength of character it must have taken Nick Davies, Alan Rusbridger and many others to go through with this long term investigation, especially when most people were vehemently against them in the initial stages, many of the major news organisations were not only reticent to back them, but went out of their way to rubbish them, the likes of Boris Johnson and Stephen Glover who would later go onto change their tune.
To call them brave is a vast understatement, their persistence and determination and not to mention damn hard work, eventually lead to one of the most shocking scandals to surface in the UK in recent times. Quite simply this is one of the most important pieces of journalism to emerge in the UK in the 21st Century. Davies really does uncover quite a disgusting world, crawling with serpents, reptiles and plenty of vermin. On the evidence here we seem to have a succession of cowardly, privately educated stooges who do what they are told by Murdoch, no matter the real cost to the people they are supposed to represent.
It surely brings up some serious questions regarding the standard of our so called democracy in the UK. These are the same people who sneeringly condescend to those who chose not to participate in the voting process and they wonder why so many people feel disenfranchised and apathetic to them and what they stand for? Make no mistake about it, the conduct of most of the so called journalists, people playing at policemen and politicians here is largely vile and disgusting and almost nothing to do with genuine journalism, law enforcement or genuine democracy whatsoever.
The connections of various senior politicians, journalists, police and prime ministers is a deliberately murky scene of mutual back scratching, mutual interests and keeping themselves in power with no concerns or respect for trifling laws. Her shameless bending and manipulation of the rules, ensured that Murdoch got what he wanted and his then rival, Robert Maxwell, was shot down.
The whole charade of democracy stinks and the evidence uncovered in Leveson clearly raises so many worrying issues around why Murdoch is still allowed to thrive to the extent he does in the UK today. Nothing appeared to be too low or morally or ethically unacceptable, as long as they could get to what they thought was their story.
These are people who went about their jobs with a bullying arrogance and entitlement, acting with total impunity. This is only the stuff we know about, it makes you think what other stories and poison was hiding elsewhere, not least in the millions of emails they managed to delete before the police got to them. You had a situation where tabloid journos, so drunk on power and importance they were even staking out the homes of police officers in a bid to dig dirt. Clearly the vast majority of people at the London Met are like most other people in that they try to a decent job, but the problem was that a tiny minority at the senior level were making it very hard for the others to do this.
Senior members of the Yard were also being regularly wined and dined by senior members of News International whilst the so called investigation was going on. Somebody called in a couple of photographers who started taking pictures.
The inspector in charge reported that he feared they would be attacked. Outside the building, more officers were barred from getting through the front door. Three News International lawyers turned up, took the four officers into a conference room and persuaded them to stop searching …The managing editor, Stuart Kuttner, joined the lawyers and physically blocked them.
The raid was abandoned. Never under estimate the ego and greed of those in power and never forget of their potential for outright incompetence. The lengths Cameron went for Murdoch, possibly arranged over the many meals they shared together. He took away Speech of your life? The conclusions and results of the Leveson enquiry were immensely disappointing and not particularly effective.
The fact that Murdoch and his many minions are still allowed to work in the UK and continue to do what they do speaks volumes about the British establishment and the ruling elite and what it really stands for. That is their true innovation. We did nothing to change the power of the elite. A true and honest account of blackmail, intimidation, malice, invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood. We know it's a nasty, selfish and crooked world at times, but when those who practise such malice, bullying and corruption have such a strangle hold on our police and our politicians we should become concerned Davies claims only a py A true and honest account of blackmail, intimidation, malice, invasion of privacy and toxic falsehood.
Davies claims only a pyrrhic victory but he does for a short period of time strip the veneer from the corporate monster and expose the rot and power that threatens our democracy. He's a brave man and this is an important account of corruption and abuse of power from a corporation that wields enormous influence, not only in Britain, but the USA and Australia and threatens the very principles on which our governments were established. As a previous reviewer suggest Sep 29, Alpheus Williams rated it it was amazing.
Davies' narrative jumped around a lot and, while interesting at first, got rather tedious after a while. It was sad to see the dishonesty among news organizations and the financially powerful.
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I suppose I shouldn't have been surprised, and I guess I wasn't entirely , but it was still sad. It didn't take too long to note that the political right were the bad guys and the political left the good guys. Apr 22, Alena rated it really liked it. You may lose your society but you will gain a bigger TV. Oct 21, Rob Adey rated it it was amazing.
Five stars both for Nick Davies' excellent work on this story the most shocking revelation of which is that people who aren't on Seinfeld actually use voicemail , and for the book, which does a great job of making a long and complicated series of trials and inquiries involving several Dunbar numbers of players pacy and clear.
A bonus is the unexpectedly hardboiled language Davies occasionally uses chasing leads "from hell to breakfast" , and the revelation that he worked on the story while gal Five stars both for Nick Davies' excellent work on this story the most shocking revelation of which is that people who aren't on Seinfeld actually use voicemail , and for the book, which does a great job of making a long and complicated series of trials and inquiries involving several Dunbar numbers of players pacy and clear.
A bonus is the unexpectedly hardboiled language Davies occasionally uses chasing leads "from hell to breakfast" , and the revelation that he worked on the story while galloping around on a horse, occasionally pausing to phone ideas to his answer machine. Apr 04, Jennifer rated it really liked it Shelves: Nick Davies, the reporter who first broke the hacking scandal in the UK, tells the story of his experience in this page-turner of a book. Though I wished he'd talked more about the implications of the scandal in terms of privacy rights and freedom both of individuals, and of the government to function without interference from power-brokers , it's an eye-opener.
And though this particular story happened in Britain, it certainly made me consider the role the media--and particularly Murdoch and c Nick Davies, the reporter who first broke the hacking scandal in the UK, tells the story of his experience in this page-turner of a book. And though this particular story happened in Britain, it certainly made me consider the role the media--and particularly Murdoch and company--play in US politics.
View all 3 comments. Many of us followed the hacking scandal in fits and starts, as it unfolded in the media. Here, Nick Davies, who was instrumental in exposing what was going on, brings the story together, and tells us what the papers and the BBC didn't tell us. It's riveting and very disturbing stuff, about the power of a media mogul to destroy democracy.
The epilogue is a brilliant summary of neoliberalism. Jan 25, Jim Arkedis rated it liked it. Great commentary on power, press, and the Murdochs. Found myself skimming the long-ish sections about minutiae of the investigations and prosecutions -- they are necessary additions to document for history, but not terribly compelling for the reader. Davies is at his best when he steps back and analyses his industry. Sep 16, Beth Olson shultz rated it it was ok.
Interesting at times, but basically boring. The worst of journalism on display. But what else is new? Won this book from goodreads.
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Apr 21, Margaret Eveleigh rated it it was ok. This would be a fascinating textbook 'auxiliary read' for journalism students. You couldn't make this up!
This tale of corruption within the Murdoch empire is beyond belief, yet it is true. That Scotland Yard and politicians, up to and including the British Prime Minister, colluded with what was going on confirms the worst you've ever thought of those two institutions. The detective work of Nick Davies and other journalists, with the he Finished reading The detective work of Nick Davies and other journalists, with the help of a few whistle-blowers, several remaining anonymous, is amazing.
Better than you'd find in any novel. Dogged persistence was needed to face the opposition of the might of the Murdoch empire — money, lies and destruction of evidence. Rupert Murdoch's greed for money and power is so extensive that, in my opinion, it is evil. He is, however, a sweetie compared to his son, heir and rival, James.
The end of the book is not the end of the tale. Very few were found guilty when far from all this went to court. That the Murdoch empire spent 30 times on defence what the prosecution spent also contributed to the low conviction rate. It is quite clear though, that on any reading of what was known, that the vast majority were as guilty as sin. The really depressing conclusion at the end of the book is the recognition that if it were not Murdoch, it would be someone else. It is how the Labor party and Labor politicians are being treated now … even good things being given a constantly negative spin, and the negatives of the Liberals always being presented in the most favourable light possible.
Recommended for everyone, if for no other reason than to raise awareness of how biased the presentation of news is and how that's done. I have no faith that the Murdoch empire has cleaned up its act. It is not a pretty picture. Borrowed from my local library. Jul 18, Dikshant Jain rated it it was amazing. The book is about boardroom decisions affecting the common man. The extent to which the management can stoop to generate profit and power. Reading the book reminds me of the environment we all work in - its the same.
Hats off to the writer Nick Davies who persisted even in such harsh conditions when most of us just brush off thinking the time scale it would take for justice to reach the end. I found it a little hard going to get through the book, but I felt compelled to read it all the way through. I felt it a duty to inform myself of the conduct, or rather misconduct of the media and the incredible influence they have had with the police and politicians.
Especially after the risks the author went to, to expose the situation. May 09, Kelly Crandall rated it it was amazing. A fascinating read about the thirst for power a huge media entity had and the absolute invincibility they felt. On the other side, a great lesson in perseverance by a reporter to chase the story and not be intimidated. However, this book is so detailed and that it gets confusing by the way it's laid out because it seems to jump around. Would read much better if it stuck to the timeline.
Jul 31, Kate rated it it was amazing. Fascinating and made me very "indignant of Winchester"! Am never buying any Murdoch media again. Whilst undeniably an interesting and notable event in British politics relating to the Freedom of the press and corruption, Hack Attack is probably Davies' least engaging book from a reading perspective. Mar 02, Jessica Marshall rated it it was amazing. This book is an example of excellent journalism and why we need it. This is a riveting and forensic investigation of the hacking scandal. The detail is mind boggling and Nick Davies and the Guardian were relentless in uncovering the extent of the phone hacking which involved all and sundry and was first uncovered in relation to the Royal family and was dismissed as the work of a couple of rogue reporters.
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