Daniel Morgan – Resource Page


Daniel Morgan was murdered in 1987.

Five successive police investigations failed to result in any successful prosecution.   There is wide concern that the investigations were compromised by police corruption.  There is also an allegation that the News of the World (a client of one of the suspects) was involved at one point in the surveillance of an investigating officer.

In May 2013 it was announced that there will be a judge-led inquiry into the murder and what followed.  It may well be that the inquiry uncovers a complex and worrying story of corruption involving the media, the Met and the private detective industry over the last twenty or so years.

The links below are to key posts and materials so to inform those following the inquiry.  This page will be updated regularly.

Introductory links

My background post at New Statesman – October 2012

(Also watch or read Tom Watson MP’s speech – see below)

Brown Moses: Hackgate – Introduction to Daniel Morgan case – May 2012

Detailed Rough Justice documentary on YouTube – June 2012

Radio 4 documentary – August 2011 (transcript)

Justice 4 Daniel campaign page

Wikipedia page

Murdermap entry – useful summary and links

(Add 13/5 – Peter Jukes has now kindly made publicly available on his website the passage dealing with Daniel Morgan in his excellent book The Fall of the House of Murdoch.  Jukes looks at this matter from the fascinating perspective of its significance for the Murdochs and News International.)

Background: parliamentary materials

Tom Watson MP – Speech to Parliament, February 2012 – Video  –  Hansard transcript

Early Day Motion – November 2011

Background: Met corruption and the private detective industry

Graeme McLagan’s two Guardian articles from 2002 (here and here), and also from 2011

Also see Graeme McLagan’s Bent Coppers

Nick Davies – Guardian article on Jonathan Rees – March 2011 (Also this in June 2011)

Also see Nick Davies’ Flat Earth News 

Background: the alleged News of the World surveillance

Jacqui Hames witness statement at the Leveson Inquiry (especially paragraphs 30-41)

Nick Davies article on role of Rebekah Brooks – July 2011

Andy Davies of Channel 4 – interview with Jacqui Hames – July 2011

Daily Telegraph news report – July 2011

Detailed post at Brown Moses blog – September 2012

Background: Collapse of Old Bailey Trial, March 2011

CPS statement

Guardian report and analysis (co-written by Nick Davies)

Daily Mail report (with useful pics)

(Also see John Yates piece below.)

Journalism up to May 2013

Andy Davies of Channel 4 is the mainstream media journalist who has particular interest in this story.

His excellent pieces:   July 2011 –  also in July 2011 – November 2011 – February 2012  – May 2012

Announcement of Inquiry

Ministerial statement – 10 May 2013

Statement by Morgan family– 10 May 2013

Ministerial statement on new head of inquiry – 3 July 2014

Key individuals – reaction to announcement

Newsnight interview with Alastair Morgan

Channel 4 news item, with interview with Alastair Morgan  – video

Channel 4 interview with Sir Ian Blair – video

Article by John Yates in Independent

Commentary on announcement

Andy Davies at Channel 4 news – report

Peter Jukes at the Daily Beast

Duncan Campbell at the Guardian

Me at New Statesman

Press Gazette

Tim Fenton at Zelo Street

Please suggest additions as comments below.

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