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Can Ex News Of The World Journalists Sue The Guardian For Killing Their Paper?

by | 12th, December 2011

THE Guardian admits that the News of The World did not erase Milly Dowler’s voicemail messages. The big news is not on the paper’s media page:

It is understood that while News of the World reporters probably were responsible for deleting some of the missing girl’s messages, police have concluded that they were not responsible for the particular deletion which caused her family to have false hope that she was alive…

Was that the single most important part of the hacking story that caused the NoTW to close and lots of journalists and other staff to lose their jobs?

…Testifying to the Leveson inquiry, Sally Dowler described how one day after Milly went missing she found that her daughter’s voice mailbox had apparently been emptied. “I just jumped and said ‘She’s picked up her voicemails, she’s alive’,” she told the inquiry.

Evidence retrieved from Surrey police logs shows that this “false hope” moment occurred on the evening of Sunday 24 March 2002. It is not clear what caused this deletion. Phone company logs show that Milly last accessed her voicemail on Wednesday 20 March, so the deletion on Sunday cannot have been the knock-on effect of Milly listening to her messages. Furthermore, the deletion removed every single message from her phone. But police believe it cannot have been caused by the News of the World, which had not yet instructed private detective Glenn Mulcaire to hack Milly’s phone. Police are continuing to try to solve the mystery.

All shocking stuff.

Wonder if the police can find out who was hacking the phones, eh, readers…

@David Wooding

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