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Hacking issues at the Daily Mail

Issue No. 2261

Daily Mail editor Paul Dacre this week claimed he had never “countenanced” phone hacking at the newspaper.

Presumably then the Mail is taking full advantage of the scandal engulfing News International? Well, not exactly.

An editorial published on Tuesday was headlined, “A frenzy that has grown out of control.”

It implied that the government was “mad” to focus so much on the scandal.

It then tried vainly to distract attention to other pressing issues, such as “a report on the RBS collapse, promised in March.”

Why isn’t it calling for a thorough investigation of hacking in the media?

Maybe it’s because of a report from the Information Commissioner in 2006.

It investigated newspapers’ dealings with a firm of private investigators involved in illegally trading personal details.

It found that the Daily Mail had used the firm the most, listing 1,218 instances at the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday.

Dacre has been editor of the paper since 1992.

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