Congratulations and well done to Iain Dale for breaking this story:
EXCLUSIVE: Press Stand Accused of Illegal ActivityFollowing up my story yesterday (HERE) on the scandalous conduct of many of our national newspapers and journalists I can now exclusively reveal the contents of a report to be submitted to Parliament tomorrow by the Information Commissioner, which outlines the extent to which our national newspapers – and their journalists – are breaking the law to obtain confidential information illegally.
1. Daily Mail – 952 incidents by 58 different journalists
2. Sunday People – 802 incidents by 50 different journalists
3. Daily Mirror – 681 incidents by 45 different journalists
4. Mail on Sunday – 266 incidents by 33 different journalists
5. News of the World – 182 different incidents by 19 different journalists
Yesterday on Lord Ashcroft.com it was revealed through a Freedom of Information request that 305 different journalists had been identified during Operation Motorman as using one particular agency to obtain confidential information like telephone records, bank account details and medical records.
Iain’s first run at this – linked in the excerpt above – also points to the press having (allegedly) gained access to information from the Police National Computer.
No real surprise to see the Daily Mail topping the list.