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News of the World right of reply

The News of the World responded to Panorama's investigation which found a senior executive at the paper obtained e-mails hacked in to by a private detective. Here is the paper's right of reply in full:

In common with other newspapers and broadcasters the News of the World receives tip-offs and information from a wide variety of sources.

We note for example that Jonathan Rees claims to have also worked for the BBC.

To date, Panorama has provided us with no evidence of wrong doing in relation to the private detectives featured in your programme.

Moreover, the Crown Prosecution Service found no evidence that the reporters involved were aware those sources were acquiring material by corrupt means.

Unlike some of our critics, the News of the World secures proof of wrongdoing before making serious allegations.

As demonstrated by recent events, we will not tolerate misconduct by staff and will act decisively when presented with new evidence.

The overarching principle is that we work in the public interest, within the PCC's code of conduct and the law.

The News of the World has a long history of investigative reporting which has led to over 250 criminal convictions during the last 20 years.

We proudly stand by that record and will continue to invest in this vitally important form of journalism.

Panorama's Tabloid Hacks Exposed is broadcast on Monday 14 March at 2030 GMT.


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