Phone hacking – “it all started with a knee”



All great democracies need great journalists. You can’t hold the powerful to account without courage.

“It all started with a knee” said Nick Davies, the Guardian journalist as he began his talk at our school the other day. The knee in question was Prince William’s and he had hurt it on a skiing trip in 2005. He called one of his people in London, leaving a message on her voicemail asking her to book him in to see a Doctor when he got back. Meanwhile, somewhere in Wapping, Clive Goodman, the Royal reporter for the News of the World, was listening to the message William left, because he could access the voicemails of many of William’s staff due to the sterling work of Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who knew how to get hold of voicemail PINs. Goodman thought he was clever, so he wrote the story about William’s knee…

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