Battle of Wapping

Wapping lies

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Revelations of illegal practices on Rupert Murdoch's newspapers show one aspect of a media empire built on deceit. Ian Taylor considers News Corporation, New Labour and the move that made Murdoch's fortunes.

Rupert Murdoch's News Group newspapers paid out more than £1 million to stop evidence of phone bugging, hacking and other law-breaking by journalists coming to light.

The Guardian journalist Nick Davies uncovered evidence, published in July, that such activity was routine - directed at ministers, MPs, actors and sports stars. Former Sunday Times editor Andrew Neil hailed the story as among "the most significant of modern times".

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