Earlier in the week, Alistair Campbell, was arguing that following the downfall of the NOTW, that the Daily Mail should be next on the hit list for its use of illegal practices. What Campbell failed to mention was the scale of alledged illegal activity at his own former employer, the Daily Mirror.
‘What Cost Privacy?’ was a major report by the Information Commissioner into the level and scale and trade of illegal acquired data amongst the main newspapers. What it found would probably surprise anyone who has been following the Murdoch witch-hunt of the past few days.
Trinity Mirror: 1663 incidents by 139 journalists
Mail Group: 1248 incidents by 95 journalists
News International: 182 incidents by 19 journalists
Of course these could all be instances of public interest stories (catching out crooks and corruption) but as Guido points out on his blog, probably not. So will we be hearing arguments that Trinity Mirror are not “fit and proper” people to own 260 newspaper titles? Will Ed Milliband now turn against his biggest media supporter and call for an investigation? Will we be seeing Peirs Morgan down the nick?
Don’t hold you’re breath.