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Evidence given to the Leveson Inquiry by News International executives Tom Crone and Colin Myler, and
by Daniel Sanderson, the former News of the World reporter who wrote an article based on Kate McCann's diaries
11.08 Crone said yesterday his responsibility was legality, not ethics. Who was the "guardian of ethics"
at News International, if not you?
Crone says that was the chief executive - James Murdoch.
Jay QC] asks if Crone was involved in the publication of Kate McCann's diaries against her wishes. Crone says he was the
lawyer that weekend, and "played some part in clearing it up afterwards".
Did he believe there to be
a privacy issue? Crone says he believed publication had been approved by the McCann's representatives via email to the
head of the newsdesk.
Jay says he has seen documents that "broadly support" that.
By Lisa O'Carroll and Josh Halliday 14 December 2011
- Extract - 11.12am: Crone is now being asked about his
involvement in the publication of Kate MCann's diary.
"I was the lawyer on the News of the World that
weekend and I played some part in clearing it up afterwards," he says.
He adds that it was his understanding
that the McCanns had given the head of news permission to publish.
NOTW ex-legal manager claims
James Murdoch had 'direct' evidence phone hacking extended beyond one journalist The Independent
By Sam Marsden Wednesday December 14 2011
- Extract -
Mr Crone also said he understood a representative of Madeleine McCann's family gave the News of the World permission
to publish the personal diary of the missing girl's mother.
Kate McCann told the inquiry last month that she
felt "violated" and like "climbing into a hole and not coming out" when the intensely private journal
appeared in the paper on September 14, 2008.
Mr Crone said today: "My understanding was that the representative
of the McCanns had given the OK, the permission to the head of the newsdesk at the News of the World, to run the diaries or
extracts from the diaries. I think he had emails to support that."
Mr Jay said: "I have seen some documents
which on one interpretation of them broadly support what you are saying."
Leveson Inquiry: Transcript of Tom
Crone's evidence, 14 December 2011
- Extract - 16.14 Myler disputes that he "berated" Gerry McCann over the family's interview with Hello Magazine,
instead of News of the World. Instead, he "merely pointed out to him" that Hello's circulation was relatively
small at 300,000 against his millions. He says:
I had no cause at any stage to berate or be irate at Gerry. The relationship was such that he would call and thank
the NOTW for what we were doing, and it was a relationship that I valued
Colin Myler said he believed Kate McCann was happy for her diaries to be printed
by the News of the World. She was not. 16.19 Myler is asked about how Kate McCann's
diary appeared in the paper. Ian Edmondson said in an email to Myler that the source was a female
Portuguese journalist. Their source was the Portuguese police, who translated the diary. News of the World paid 3000 euros
for it, with a final payment of 20,000 euros for exclusive publication.
Edmondson was at that time in daily contact
with Clarence Mitchell, the family's spokesman. Myler said:
Ian Edmondson had assured me on more than one occasion Clarence was aware of what we were intending to do and said
'Good'... I think it was clear that Mr Edmondson had spelt out what he was doing
Myler says he made
his views clear in the Friday news conference "by using the phrase 'I do not want Kate to come out of church on Sunday
morning and find the diaries were there without her knowledge'... I wouldn't have published if I thought she hadn't
been made aware of it." 16.31 "I was given an absolute categoric assurance Clarence
knew what we were doing," Myler says. There is a 'transcript' of conversations between Edmondson and Mitchell.
Why then did he apologise?
"Because I felt very bad she didn't know. Why would I do something as personal
as that, no matter how much behind a shield of nailing the lies in the Portugese press", he says.
says the transcript between Edmondson and Mitchell discussing the diary is highly ambiguous.
Myler refuses to say
what they paid for the diary in the end. They made a donation to the family's fund and printed an apology about the 'misplaced
Leveson Inquiry: Transcript of Colin Myler's
evidence, 14 December 2011
Former News of the World editor says he regrets publication of diary excerpts but was assured that mother of Madeleine
McCann had given her consent
By: Joel Gunter Posted: 14 December 2011
Former News of the World editor Colin Myler told the Leveson inquiry today that he thought Kate McCann had given her permission
for excerpts from her diary to be published when the tabloid bought them from a Portuguese journalist.
– which were purchased for €3,000, Myler revealed today – included entries from the days shortly after Madeleine
McCann's disappearance in May 2007.
According to Myler, he was told by former News of the World news editor
Ian Edmondson that the family had consented to the publication of the diary, which Myler conceded today probably emanated
from the local police.
The former editor said today that Edmondson had been in daily contact with the McCann family's
representative Clarence Mitchell, and that Edmondson had said Mitchell was aware of the News of the World's intention
to publish and had said "good".
Myler said he had told Edmondson on the Friday night: "I don't
want Kate coming out of church on Sunday morning and finding out that her diaries have been published without her knowledge."
Myler told the court he regretted the publication, but had been given assurances by Edmondson that the tabloid was
on safe ground. Lord Leveson challenged the clarity of Edmondson's assurances, calling a transcript of a conversation
between him and Myler over the issue, which was read in court, "ambiguous".
Myler told the inquiry that
he would not have published if he had known Kate McCann had not given her consent, and "felt very bad" about the
The former editor was also grilled by inquiry counsel Robery Jay QC about the allegation that he "berated"
Gerry McCann over the phone after the McCanns decided to give an interview to Hello magazine rather than the News of the World.
Myler denied the claim, telling the court that he had "no cause at any stage to berate or be irate at Gerry".
He said he "valued" his relationship with Madeleine's father, and had simply pointed out to him that the News
of the World had better circulation than Hello.
Myler echoed other former News of the World staff in claiming during
his testimony that he did not recognise the picture of the tabloid painted by former deputy features editor Paul McMullan
and that illegality was restricted to a small number of people.
He told the inquiry that those who had used illegal
methods in the course of their work should feel "the full force of the law".
Pressed about the News of
the World's decision to publish the controversial video of Max Mosley visiting prostitutes, Myler admitted that he believed
Mosley would obtain an injunction if they informed him in advance. He defended the story, which he entered for the scoop of
the year award, claiming that there was a public interest in Mosley's actions due to his presidency of the international
motorsport body the FIA.
He acknowledged that letters sent by chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck to the prostitutes
in the video were threatening and called the terms used by Thurlbeck "unnecessary". Leveson told Myler he thought
that the letters were in fact "outrageous".
Myler's evidence continues tomorrow from 10am. He will
be followed by former News of the World reporter Daniel Sanderson, who wrote the stories featuring excerpts from Kate McCann's
diary, and private investigator Derek Webb, who alleges he was instructed by the News of the World executive to obtain a press
card from the NUJ in order to help pose as a journalist.
Why I published Kate's diary: NotW's ex-editor thought he had mother's
permission to print entries that left McCanns mentally raped, 15 December 2011
Why I published Kate's diary: NotW's ex-editor thought he had mother's permission
to print entries that left McCanns mentally raped Daily Mail
• Colin Myler claims family's press spokesman had given the go ahead
By REBECCA CAMBER Last updated at 9:06 AM
on 15th December 2011
The News of the World's former editor said yesterday he believed he had permission to publish the
extracts from Kate McCann's diary that she later said had left her feeling 'mentally raped'.
Myler said he was told he had full support for publishing a story from Clarence Mitchell, the press spokesman for Kate and
Gerry McCann, whose daughter Madeleine disappeared from Praia da Luz, in Portugal, in 2007.
Mr Myler told the Leveson
press standards inquiry he had 'nothing to gain and everything to lose' from upsetting the couple, having developed
a good relationship with them.
Mr Myler, who edited the News of the World from 2007 until it closed this year,
said: 'I stressed that I did not want Kate to come out of church on Sunday morning and find that the diaries were there
without her knowledge.'
Mrs McCann's diary was published in the News of the World on September 14, 2008.
She told the inquiry last month that when she saw it published she felt 'violated'. Her husband said: 'Kate
was distraught and in her words felt "mentally raped".'
The McCanns said Mr Mitchell was told by
the paper's Head of News Ian Edmondson that it was planning to run a 'supportive story' but not that it would
publish the diary.
Mr Edmondson, who has since been arrested as part of the
phone-hacking inquiry, told Mr Myler the diary was obtained from a Portuguese journalist.
Asked why he did not
phone Mr McCann to check if permission had been given, Mr Myler said: 'Because Ian Edmondson had assured me on more than
one occasion that Clarence [Mitchell] was aware of what we were intending to do.'
After the diary was printed,
Mr Myler ran an apology in the paper 'because I felt very bad that she didn't know', he said.
after yesterday's hearing, Mr Mitchell said: 'At no point in the one brief call that I received from Ian Edmondson
on the Friday evening before publication did he spell out categorically that they had purchased a version of Kate's diary
that had been leaked by the Portuguese police and that they were planning to publish it in as big a way as they subsequently
Leveson Inquiry: journalist who obtained
Kate McCann's diary to appear, 15 December 2011
Leveson Inquiry: journalist who obtained Kate McCann's
diary to appear The Telegraph
Daniel Sanderson, the former News of the World reporter who wrote stories based on Kate McCann's diaries, will give
evidence to the inquiry today.
By Donna Bowater 8:50AM GMT 15
Mr Sanderson's name was the byline on the News of the World front page that revealed Mrs McCann's
She has already told the inquiry how publication of the diary, written after her daughter Madeleine
went missing, without her consent left her feeling "totally violated".
In their evidence, Mrs McCann
said she gave the diary to Portuguese police but it was later returned.
She said she believed a copy had been made
before it was translated into Portuguese and then back to English and given to the press.
Mr Sanderson is expected
to face questions over how he got hold of the diary.
Former police detective turned private investigator Derek
Webb, who was hired by News International, will also give evidence to the inquiry.
Mr Webb was the only private
detective former News of the World editor Colin Myler admitted hiring yesterday.
The inquiry heard Mr Webb was
arrested over work with a journalist in Thames Valley and was barred for working for the tabloid.
But when the
case collapsed, he was rehired but was told he should register as a journalist with the National Union of Journalists (NUJ).
Asked about Mr Webb's work, Mr Myler said yesterday: "I never had any reason to be asked or questioned about
the work he had done via an issue or a payment or a complaint or a problem."
Leveson Inquiry: Daniel Sanderson, 15
12.14 Leveson is now hearing from Daniel Sanderson, a former NOTW reporter whose name
appeared on the McCann diaries story. He was the most junior reporter at the newspaper when the story appeared in September
He tracked down the diary after reading in The Sun that extracts of the diary were being leaked in the Portuguese
press. He was asked by Ian Edmondson to track down the journalist who was running the extracts. He asked a freelance journalist
based in Spain to collect the diary, which then arrived at the NOTW.
Sanderson was not aware of the time that the
ultimate source of the diary was the Portuguese police. "I did not speculate where the diary came from at the time,"
he says. "All I knew at the time was that there were extracts being circulated round Portugal, and someone was responsible,"
Jay asks whether he considered if the McCanns were circulating the diary. "I didn't speculate,"
says Sanderson. "I was a junior reporter at the time."
Leveson says this leaking was illegal under Portuguese
law. Did he think about it?
Sanderson says he does not want to appear "flippant" about a "private
document". But it was being publicly circulated. He did not know what the newspaper wanted to do with it
were just doing the job you were asked to do?
"Every job I embarked on I considered privacy, public interest
and whether I was adhering to the PCC code. But the reality was we weren't in possession of the diary so we didn't
know what we were dealing with," says Sanderson. He was told they would not publish it without the permission of the
McCanns. "In hindsight it was clearly the wrong decision to publish," he says.
Leveson says he won't
criticise Sanderson for the job he was asked to do as a junior reporter. But understanding what thought processes junior staff
do is important.
NOTW reporter Daniel Sanderson
12.24 Sanderson says the diary had been translated from English to Portuguese. Thinking
back, he says, it was obvious it had come from the Police - he thinks there were comments written on certain pages. "The
whole thing caused me concern," he says, crestfallen. Did he share that with Edmondson?
was this story was going to be published with the co-operation of the McCanns. We were translating the document, we were checking
with the McCanns, that was my understanding throughout.
"Don't forget, I wasn't aware necessarily
what the newspaper was planning to do with the document once it was in the NOTW offices."
Sanderson says he
arranged for the document to be translated and he wrote up the story as it came through section-by-section. He checked the
translation against internet sources to ensure it was not a fake - such as the family meeting the Pope. 12.29
Sanderson says he believed the McCann's agent would be asked to consent at the end of the week. He says if they
did not give the green light - even after he had finished the story - it would not be published.
Jay asks how the
story was changed by editors after Sanderson had sent it to Ian Edmondson.
Sanderson says his commentary was taken
out, and they just published extracts from the diary with a short introduction on the front page.
in his statement he wishes to give a public apology to the McCanns, having seen how it made them feel. I did feel very bad that my involvement in the story made Mrs McCann feel the way that it had. Why was it the wrong decision
to publish? Because they didn't have the permission. They didn't have Mrs McCann's permission to publish.
Leveson says it was an "intensely personal document."
"As you read it for the first time
did you think you had any business writing a word of it without making sure it was truly what they wanted?"
Sanderson said it wasn't in his "sphere of responsibility". He said Edmondson spoke to Clarence Mitchell,
the McCann's spokesman, every day. He did not have Mitchell's phone number. The first time he spoke to Mitchell was
three weeks ago, to say he would apologise. "That's not just for this inquiry. That's because I'm genuinely
sorry," he says. 12.36 "It was a high pressure environment to work in," Sanderson
In order to work at the News of the World you have to give a certain part of your life over to it. It's very, very
hard work and the phone is constantly on. You can be called evenings, weekends. There's no point making any plans with
friends because if you do they are likely to be cancelled because the news editor wants you to go on a job. You can't
work at NOTW if you're not prepared to work hard.
Sanderson says he did not experience bullying.
He says it is "nonsense" that untrue stories appeared. "The first thing you did was you made sure it
The first thing you did when you received a tip was to ascertain whether the tip was true. You worked out whether the
story was appropriate for the News of the World. And then you went about proving that it was true. It was never that you sat
there thinking, let's make up this story about this person. The story had to be true.
"numerous processes," Sanderson says, to stand up stories. "If you met someone, the first thing you did was
sit down and say what evidence have you got." Often this came as text messages, credit card bills, other witnesses and
signed affidavits. That information would then be passed up to the news editor and the editor.
that NOTW stories contained comment. Sanderson is puzzled; his were always 'quite factual'. 12.45
Leveson takes a lunch break. Derek Webb, the private investigator, is giving evidence from 2pm.
By Lisa O'Carroll and Josh Halliday 15 December 2011
- Extract -
12.18pm: Daniel Sanderson
the News of the World reporter whose name appeared on the Kate McCann diary story in the News of the World, is up next.
McCann told the inquiry that publication of the diary left her feeling "violated".
Leveson inquiry: Daniel Sanderson gives evidence
explains how he got in touch with a Portuguese journalist and they discussed payment for a copy of the diary. Sanderson then
liaised with the news editor at the time, Ian Edmondson.
Edmondson hired a freelancer, Gerard Couzens, who is based
in Spain to travel to Portugal to meet the journalist and collect the diary.
Sanderson says he wasn't aware
at the time that the ultimate source was the Portuguese police.
Sanderson says he knew the diary was "a private document".
Leveson asks if he was concerned about the
provenance of the diary.
"A diary is clearly a private document
but at the time this was being publically circulated around Portugal. What the newspapers planned to do with the diary once
we were in possession of that I didn't know that at the time."
Sanderson says he thought the News of the World was not going to publish the diary without the McCanns' consent.
"It was clearly a private document I understood that, but at that stage we were not in possession of
the diary so we didn't know what we were dealing with. As I understand the News of the World did not intend to publish
it. I was told at the time that we would not be publishing the diary unless we had the express permission of the McCanns."
12.26pm: Jay again asks Sanderson if he was he not concerned about the provenance of the diaries.
Sanderson struggles to answer and says: "I was a junior reporter at the time."
and says that because he is looking into press ethics "what junior members of staff thought is important".
12.28pm: Sanderson says he was concerned about the publication of the diaries:
"The whole thing caused me concern...
With hindsight, it was clearly the
wrong decision to publish."
12.29pm: Sanderson says
he believes the document came from the Portuguese police.
"It had obviously been translated
from Portuguese. I suppose thinking back it must have come from the Portuguese police. From memory when I was looking through
the documents, I think there were comments on certain pages I remember. There were notes and comments, it looked like some
kind of official document."
He he asked if has not concerned about the provenance; that they may not
have come from the McCanns?
"It's very very difficult for me to try explain but
my thinking throughout this whole process was this story was going to be published with the co-operation of the McCanns."
12.31pm: Sanderson explains how the diaries were translated piecemeal.
were translating the document; we were writing the story; we were checking with the McCanns and they were happy with the story;
we would publish it.
I wasn't aware what the NoW planned to do with the diary once it was in the office.
We looked at the diary and for every entry we would cross-reference that with stories that may have appeared in the
12.34pm: Sanderson says he understood that
the story would only be published if the paper was given the "green light" by the McCanns' press secretary,
12.36pm: Sanderson says his story was changed
"I wrote a story based on the extracts of the diary and it was changed. All
my pieces were taken out and the diary or extracts of the diary were published in its entirety without any writing from me
… Does that make sense?"
12.38pm: Sanderson apologises
to Kate McCann.
"I have every intention of apologising to the McCanns ... I did
feel very bad that my involvement in the story had made Mrs McCann feel the way that she had.
Why was it the wrong
decision to publish? Because they didn't have permission to, they didn't have Mrs McCann's permission to publish
12.39pm: Leveson now intervenes and turns
to Sanderson to ask if he not think about the McCanns when he read a document that was "intensely personal".
"Did you think you had any permission writing a word of it, without making sure this truly was what they
"Seeking their permission was not
in my sphere of responsibility."
Leveson says it can't just have been the responsibility of Ian
Edmondson, who Sanderson says he understood to be in regular contact with the McCanns. "To reveal the most intimate moments
may actually give rise to other considerations that might require more carful consent," the judge says.
"My understanding was that the news editor spoke to the McCanns' press
secretary on daily basis so in terms of getting the McCanns' consent that was a job for the news editor. The first time
I spoke to the McCanns' press secretary was three weeks ago when I heard how it made Mrs McCann feel and to tell him that
I intended to apologise. That's not just for this inquiry, it's because I'm genuinely sorry."
12.45pm: Sanderson on working at the News of the World:
was a high pressure environment to work in. In order to work at the NoW, you have to give a certain part of your life over
to it. It is very very hard work. The phone is constantly on. You can be called on evenings, weekends. There's no point
making any plans with friends because if you do they are likely to be cancelled because the news editor wants you to go on
a job. It was very hard work."
He says he did not experience a "culture of bullying".
12.48pm: Sanderson now explains how a story would have been stood up
in the News of the World. He said he would have had to get proof such as bills, credit card statements or even affidavits
from tipsters to try and prove what they were telling the paper was actually true.
"The whole time you're
operating as a journalist you're considering the PCC code at every level," he says.
The Leveson inquiry has now broken for lunch.
Leveson Inquiry: Transcript of Daniel
Sanderson's evidence, 15 December 2011
In response to the numbered questions set out in the letter
from the Leveson Inquiry dated 2nd December 2011. 1. Please explain exactly how NoW obtained a
copy of Dr Kate McCann's diary: you are not required to name any sources, but you are required to identify the precise
provenance of the diary, explain the circumstances in which NoW received it, and confirm (if it be the case) that
it was of the original which had been seized by the Portuguese authorities.
A story appeared in The Sun
newspaper on July 28, 2008, which said that extracts of Kate McCann's diary had emerged in Portugal, covering the first
weeks after her daughter Madeleine disappeared.
In the article there were two extracts that Mrs McCann had made
in her diary.
I was asked by my news editor lan Edmondson to track down the person who was in possession of the
diary and was leaking extracts of it in Portugal.
After Mr Edmondson agreed, I called several newspapers in Portugal
to ascertain who had the diary.
I was put in touch with a journalist in Portugal who confirmed that they were in
possession of a copy of the diary and were willing to sell it to the NoW for, if my memory serves me correctly, 18,000 Euros.
I believe the newspaper agreed to pay something like 9,000 Euros immediately and the rest on publication of the story.
The purchase was authorised by Mr Edmondson.
I liaised with Mr Edmondson and was told to ask a freelance journalist
called Gerard Couzens, who is based in Spain, to travel to Portugal to meet the journalist and collect the diary.
From there my involvement ended until the diary reached the offices of the NoW.
My understanding is that Mr Edmondson
took control of the diary's delivery to our offices.
I believe that Mr Couzens met the journalist on Friday
September 5, 2008 in Portugal and paid her Euro 9,000 for a copy of the diary.
It's my understanding that Mr
Couzens delivered the diary to the NoW's offices on Saturday September 6, 2008.
I was first made aware that
the newspaper had the document when I returned to the office after the weekend on Tuesday September 9, 2008.
Edmondson showed me the diary that morning.
It did not appear to be the original diary, but a copy that had been
translated from English into Portuguese.
2. Was the copy NoW obtained in English or Portuguese?
The NoW copy was in Portuguese. 3. What steps, if any, did you take to establish its authenticity and that it was a document which you were
entitled to possess?
Over the course of the working week commencing on Tuesday September 9th 2008, I organised
for the diary to be translated back into English using a London-based translation service (I cannot recall the name).
It was a laborious task and the final section was completed on Friday September 12, 2008 - two days before the story was
I spent the week writing the story as and when sections had been successfully translated.
terms of its authenticity, we approached the diary from the viewpoint that it was a fake. We had to cross check every entry
against our online cuttings system to check that each entry was correct and the diary was genuine.
if there was an entry where it said the McCanns had met The Pope that day, I had to check in cuttings that newspapers had
reported that the McCanns had indeed met The Pope on the corresponding date.
My understanding of the situation
was that the news editor, Mr Edmondson, would also confirm with the McCann’s press spokesman Clarence Mitchell that
the diary was genuine. 4. What was paid for the diary and to whom?
I believe 18,000
Euros were paid to the Portuguese journalist (the P J). It was paid in two parts; 9,000 Euros up front and 9,000 Euros on
publication. I can't be certain of this figure, but it is certainly a fairly accurate estimate. I am aware of the approximate
figure because that is the price that had been agreed with the PJ in my initial phone conversations with the PJ. The PJ set
the price, which I had communicated to Mr Edmondson. Mr Edmondson then authorised both payments to the source. The PJ then
contacted me after publication to organise the second payment, which was authorised by Mr Edmondson. 5.
By what reasoning process did you and others at News International (whom the Inquiry requires you to identify) deem it appropriate
to publish extracts from the diary given its the obvious privacy implications, including the fact that you knew or must have
know that the diary was confidential (if it is your position that you did not know this, please explain its basis)?
In order to answer this question, I need to explain how a national newspaper works. As a reporter, I reported to my line
manager Mr Edmondson, the news editor or assistant editor (news) as was his official title. Mr Edmondson reported to the editor,
Colin Myler, and other senior executives.
Once I had obtained the diary, obviously there were a number of discussions
between myself and Mr Edmondson as to how the piece should be written sensitively.
Then after I had written it, the decision to publish ultimately rested with Mr Myler.
I feel that it is appropriate to note that in my role as a reporter, I did not have any say as to whether the story
But I think in terms of considering it being appropriate to publish Mrs McCann's diary and the
obvious considerations over privacy, the view taken by senior executives was that there were all sorts of false allegations
being made about the McCanns and they really were being pilloried in the press, that this account gave a true picture of the
McCanns and dispelled some of the lies being written about them.
The NoW had always been wholly supportive of the
McCanns' search for their daughter. Two weeks after she went missing in 2007, the newspaper teamed up with wealthy businessmen
to pledge £1.5 million to anyone who could help with information leading to Madeleine's safe return.
with hindsight, the decision to publish Mrs McCann's diary was clearly the wrong one. Having read how the article
made Mrs McCann feel, I intend to apologise to her for writing the story once I have given evidence.
feel it is important to point out that I had no say in whether or not the diary was published. 6. Why did
you not contact the Dr Kate McCann in advance of publication in order to check the facts and in particular to obtain her consent
It was clear to me that we could not publish the story without the McCanns permission.
My understanding of the situation was that Mr Edmondson had sought permission to publish the diary from Mr Mitchell.
I acquired this understanding because Mr Edmondson told me that he was going to speak to Mr Mitchell about the story
at the end of the week.
It is only natural Mr Edmondson sought that permission because he had an on going relationship
with Mr Mitchell. As I understand it, they spoke almost daily on the phone to talk about stories connected to the case.
[I have only spoken to Mr Mitchell once about three weeks ago to inform him of my intention to apologise to the McCanns
for my involvement in the story that upset Mrs McCann.]
I didn't actually ever have the conversation with Mr
Edmondson specifically that he had received permission to publish from the McCanns.
I assumed that because that
is what he said he intended to do and the story was published, that he had received permission from Mr Mitchell.
However, following publication, News International released a statement saying they published the extracts in the belief
held in good faith that that they had permission to do so.
They said it was now clear that their belief was misplaced and that Kate neither approved
of nor knew that the extracts were to be published.
I believe that the newspaper agreed to make a donation to be
used in the search for Madeleine and published a correction on September 21, 2008.
It is clear from that statement
that Mr Myler believed that the newspaper had permission to publish by the McCanns when it had not.
I was not responsible
for contacting Mr Mitchell to obtain permission to publish Mrs McCann's diary. 7. What consideration
if any was given by you to any public interest considerations; and if so, what were they?
As I said in
response to question five, I think the view at the NoW was that there were a lot of lies being published about the McCanns
and this was a supportive piece that put the record straight.
It was part of the Portuguese police case into the
disappearance of Madeleine and it was an account of how Mrs McCann was feeling after her daughter vanished. 8. What legal advice, if any, did you take on any of foregoing issues?
As I understand it, Mr Edmondson,
Mr Myler and other senior executives would have taken advice from Tom Crone, News International's former legal affairs
manager. In his absence, they would have sought advice from Justin Walford, The Sun's legal manager.
party to any of the legal conversations concerning publication. 9. Please outline any discussions you had,
if any, at sub-editorial and editorial level on the foregoing issues.
I liaised with Mr Edmondson
about how the piece should be written in terms of sensitivity and the evidence I had gathered over its authenticity.
It is normal for a reporter to discuss with his news editor how he (the news editor) wants a story written.
was my job to seek to determine that the diary was genuine and ensure that it was written as sensitively as possible.
Thursday 15 December
Witness Statement of Daniel Sanderson (pdf, 174KB)
NOTW reporter apologises for Kate McCann
diaries story, 15 December 2011
NOTW reporter apologises for Kate McCann diaries story
Daniel Sanderson told the Leveson Inquiry he is "genuinely sorry" for his role in the publication of Kate
McCann's private diaries in the News of the World.
By Matthew Holehouse 1:41PM
GMT 15 Dec 2011
Mr Sanderson said he was the most junior reporter at the newspaper when he was asked by
Ian Edmondson, the news editor, to obtain a copy of Mrs McCann's diaries. They had been leaked by the Portuguese police
to local journalists.
Sanderson obtained a copy for 3,000 euros, with a further 20,000 to be paid to the source
after the story was printed.
He said he was acting under the belief that Edmondson would seek permission from Clarence
Mitchell, the family's spokesman, before printing the extracts.
Sanderson said he spoke to Mr Mitchell for
the first time three weeks ago, to tell him he wished to publicly apologise for the story.
just for this inquiry. That's because I'm genuinely sorry,"
"I did feel very bad that my involvement
in the story made Mrs McCann feel the way that it had. Why was it the wrong decision to publish? Because they didn't have
the permission. They didn't have Mrs McCann's permission to publish," he said.
Mrs McCann told the
inquiry she felt "violated" by the story. "I’d written these words at the most desperate time of my life,
and it was my only way of communicating with Madeleine".
Sanderson told Lord Justice Leveson the notion the
News of the World printed untrue stories was "nonsense".
"The first thing you did when you received
a tip was to ascertain whether the tip was true. It was never that you sat there thinking, let's make up this story about
this person. The story had to be true," he said. Journalists would seek evidence such as text messages and credit card
bills to support a source's claims, he said.
He told the inquiry into press ethics the paper was a "high
pressure environment" but he did not encounter bullying.
"In order to work at the News of the World you
have to give a certain part of your life over to it. It's very, very hard work and the phone is constantly on. There's
no point making any plans with friends, because if you do they are likely to be cancelled because the news editor wants you
to go on a job," he said.