The hacking scandal showed Rupert Murdoch's tabloid the News of the World to be a blackmail operation, his Sun a bribery ring. But in an effort to stem the corrupting power of the cozy nexus of political, media and police elite, the Leveson Inquiry may end up imperiling journalism rather than improving it.
Sarah Ellison, journalist and author of War at the Wall Street Journal: Inside the Struggle to Control an American Business Empire (2010). Ellison covered the phone-hacking scandal for Vanity Fair, where she works as a contributing editor, with features such as “The Dark Arts” and “The Rules of Succession”. She was one of the few to report on the extent of phone-hacking practices in the UK before the scandal broke with the news that the murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler, was a victim of phone-hacking, and her reporting of the story also featured in the questioning of Rebekah Brooks, former CEO of News International, by the Counsel to the Leveson Inquiry.