British Inquiry Into News Ethics Opens
The Leveson inquiry into U.K. media ethics that will focus on the telephone hacking scandal that brought down Rupert Murdoch's London tabloid News of the World , opened today (Monday) with allegations by the panel's chief counsel, Robert Jay, that phone hacking became "a thriving cottage industry" at News International, the News Corp subsidiary that oversees Murdoch's news operations in the U.K. Far from News International's original claim that phone hacking was conducted by a single "rogue" reporter working with a private detective, Jay said that the names of 28 journalists were found in the notebooks of private eye Glenn Mulcaire, who was convicted of phone hacking in 2007. Jay told the hearing that Mulcaire's notebooks revealed that he had also done work for reporters at the London Sun , another News International newspaper, and the London Mirror . "The inquiry is beginning to receive evidence that phone hacking was not limited to" News of the World , Jay said. Among those expected to appear at the hearing are alleged victims Hugh Grant, Jude Law, Sienna Miller, and J.K. Rowling.