While there had been earlier reports of how some reporters for Rupert Murdoch's News of the World
had spied on members of the royal family by listening to their voicemails, new reports suggest this activity was endemic, impacted hundreds
-- and that Scotland Yard failed to let many who were victims of such spying know about it (and even focused their investigation on just one reporter, rather than looking into whether or not it was a widespread practice, as it apparently was).
Although Coulson has long insisted he knew nothing about the illegal activity, sources who worked at the tabloid told the Times Coulson not only knew about it, he actively encouraged it. A dozen former reporters said the hacking was so pervasive at News of the World that everyone knew about it. "The office cat knew," one longtime reporter said.
This is the kind of "reporting" that needs to be protected?