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In July 2009, News Corporation issued a press statement in relation to the Guardian's phone hacking story involving the News of The World journalist Clive Goodman and investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

The police investigation continued after the arrests and all relevant activity was studied and analysed in the context of identifying unlawfulness/criminality. The police investigation was incredibly thorough.

Not just thorough. Incredibly thorough.

From our own investigation, but more importantly that of the police, we can state with confidence that, apart from the matters referred to above, there is not and never has been evidence to support allegations that:

  • News of the World journalists have accessed the voicemails of any individual.

  • News of the World or its journalists have instructed private investigators or other third parties to access the voicemails of any individuals.

  • There was systemic corporate illegality by News International to suppress evidence.

Case closed.