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Sun editor Dominic Mohan tried to allay staffers' fears this week after the arrest of journalist Jamie Pyatt

Closure of The Sun mooted in response to further arrests

What now for The Sun? A week that began with fear of further arrests, talk of police search warrants and a desperate attempt by the paper's editor to rally the troops ended with the company chairman declining to speculate on whether it even had a future.

James Murdoch makes apology for Hillsborough

News International's executive chairman James Murdoch apologised today for The Sun's coverage of the 1989 Hillsborough tragedy, when 96 Liverpool fans were killed by crushing in overcrowded spectator pens.

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James Murdoch is being questioned for the second time by the culture select committee over phone hacking.

Boff Whalley: 'In defence of anarchy'

It's the catch-all term that's being used to describe this week's riots. But is this really anarchy? Not even close, says Chumbawumba's Boff Whalley, a self-professed anarchist

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Amy Winehouse's home has been robbed.

Amy Winehouse's family to take a break

Amy Winehouse's family and boyfriend Reg Traviss are to go on a ten day holiday to mourn her.

Hacker steals personal data from Sun's website users

The Sun newspaper has written to some users of its site telling them that their personal information has been stolen by a hacker.

Jo Yeates' landlord agrees libel damages

The High Court ruled today that articles published in The Sun and Daily Mirror following the arrest of a suspect by police investigating the killing of landscape architect Joanna Yeates were in contempt of court.

Stephen Glover: It wasn't The Sun wot won it for Cameron

Media Studies: Both Cameron and Osborne have bent the knee to the Murdoch Empire

Ed Miliband to publish media meetings

Ed Miliband said today that he would publish records of his meetings with media executives while he was campaigning for his party's leadership.

The Sun enters frame as Jude Law makes new hacking claims

For the first time, The Sun newspaper was last night dragged into the phone-hacking scandal after it emerged that the actor Jude Law is suing Rupert Murdoch's best-selling daily title over the alleged interception of his voicemails while Rebekah Brooks was editor.

Guardian sorry for Sun source story

The Guardian has apologised to The Sun after it made claims about the tabloid obtaining the medical records of Gordon Brown's son.

Rupert on the run: News Corp's UK future in doubt as MPs turn on Murdoch

The prospect of Rupert Murdoch abandoning his British media interests became a real possibility last night as News Corp dropped plans to take control of BSkyB and it emerged that the media mogul has discussed selling his News International newspaper titles.

Letter from the editor: It's down to choice

It’s an over-used cliché: “the public gets the newspapers it deserves”. For “newspapers”, insert TV, the Top 40, chocolate, wine... It was the basis of Dominic Lawson’s column yesterday — one that has clearly polarised you.

Brown tells of pain as Sun denies hacking health records

Gordon Brown told yesterday how he and his wife Sarah were left "in tears" when The Sun discovered that their four-month-old son had cystic fibrosis.

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