Tuesday, September 20, 2011

#hacking #Sun journalist will not face police questioning.

Matt Nixson was dismissed in July over allegations of phone-hacking while he was employed by News of the World

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Sun journalist Matt Nixson was dismissed over allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World. Photograph: Graeme Robertson for the Guardian
News International has been told by the Metropolitan police that a senior Sun journalist who was dismissed by the paper over phone-hacking allegations will not be arrested or questioned.

Matt Nixson, who was features editor at Rupert Murdoch's market-leading daily tabloid, was sacked by the paper unexpectedly in July, when he was asked to leave the Sun's Wapping headquarters. His computer was subsequently seized.

He was the first News International journalist from a paper other than the News of the World to be caught up in the hacking affair, although the company emphasised at the time that he was dismissed because of allegations about his conduct at the Sunday title, where he was previously employed.

The Met has written to News International to inform them of its decision, which effectively clears Nixson, who was unavailable for comment.

It is understood that Nixson is now considering taking legal action against the company for unfair dismissal. A News International spokesman declined to comment.

Nixson worked at the Sun for six months, joining from the News of the World, where he had worked since 2005 in a number of newsdesk roles.

The Metropolitan police were handed documents by News International, believed to be email correspondence sent and received by Nixson, at the time of his dismissal....read more