Morgan Report finds evidence Murdoch reporters interfered in a murder investigation

Demand Leveson Part Two:

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Dear Home Secretary

The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report confirmed that at the heart of the failed police investigations into Daniel’s death was a network of corrupt police officers, newspaper reporters and private investigators.

The Panel found that:

“The circumstantial evidence suggests very strongly that intrusive activity suffered by DCS Cook, his wife Jacqui Hames and their family was arranged by former DS Fillery and Alex Marunchak with a view to discrediting DCS Cook and/or to intimidate him and thus disrupt the Abelard One/ Morgan Two Investigation”

DS Fillery was, at one stage, a suspect in the case.  Alex Marunchak was a reporter at the News of the World.  The Panel confirmed that another former suspect, Jonathan Rees, was making regular payments to Mr Marunchak at this time.

In other words, the Panel considered that the evidence “strongly” supported the allegation that employees of News UK, one of the largest newspaper publishers in the UK, deliberately sought to interfere with a murder investigation on behalf of an individual who later became a suspect in that case.

There is no evidence that News UK carried out a satisfactory internal investigation into these matters.  Indeed, the journalist Mr Marunchak was subsequently promoted.  The editor of the News of the World at that time, Rebekah Brooks, has also since been promoted within News UK.

There has been no proper independent investigation into these matters or into the nature and extent of corrupt relationships between the police and the press.  No-one has been held to account.

To promote public confidence in the police and to uphold the rule of law, we urge you to immediately re-establish Leveson Part Two: the Public Inquiry into unlawful and improper conduct involving the police and national newspapers, including that alleged in the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Report.


The Daniel Morgan Report, June 15th: Explainer

Leveson Part Two: the true story of police corruption, press criminality & political complicity

What is the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel Report?


Daniel Morgan was a PI reportedly set to expose police corruption in 1987. But before he could do so, he was murdered.

Five police investigations have failed to find the culprit, but what they have found is evidence of institutional police corruption and attempts to interfere in the investigations into Morgan’s death from journalists working for Murdoch’s old paper, the News of the World.

In 2001, the family of the police officer heading up the fourth investigation into Morgan’s murder was followed and spied on by the News of the World.

Why? It’s claimed that a network of corrupt Murdoch journalists and police officers are connected to Daniel Morgan’s murder – and that they followed the family of the detective pursuing his case in an attempt to intimidate him.

Leveson Part Two was the public inquiry promised to thoroughly investigate the allegations of News UK interference.  The Conservative Government cancelled it in 2018, in a decision thousands of Hacked Off supporters are campaigning to reverse.

However, Daniel’s family were also promised that there would be an Independent Panel investigation into the circumstances of Daniel’s death and the corruption which has followed.  After eight long years, that Panel is finally expected to see its report published on June 15th.

Learn about this case and keep up to date with developments in the articles below, and visit the Justice4Daniel website to hear the latest from Daniel’s family.

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