Nick Davies will forever be known as the journalist who broke the phone-hacking scandal in the Britain, bringing down the 168-year-old News of the World tabloid.
At a Christchurch WORD event on Tuesday night, he discussed his views on the media and his book, Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught Up with Rupert Murdoch, with The Press editor Joanna Norris.
Starting in 2008 after a tip-off, Davies, who works for The Guardian, began investigating illegal phone-hacking and bribery by journalists employed by News International.
He wrote more than 100 articles over two years on the activities but it was only when he revealed News of the World journalists had listened to and deleted voicemail messages left for murdered teenager Milly Dowler that public outrage forced the police to re-open investigations.
By 2011, it was revealed more than 210 people had been complicit in the illegal activities and victims numbered more than 5000.
Don’t hold your breath that the same will happen in New Zealand when it comes to email hacking. Journalists, decent, trained and skilled, have been directly involved in the Dirty Politics hacking against me and others. Read more »