UK phone-hacking trial begins

Former News of the World journalists stand trial.

UK phone-hacking trial begins

World Bulletin / News Desk

The Trial of former News of the World journalists is to start on Monday on charges of phone hacking.
Former editor of News of the World and the Sun, Rebekah Brooks is charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office and conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

The charges relate to alleged payments of approximately £100,000 that were made to Bettina Barber, who was employed by the Ministry of Defence and removing material to stop it falling into the hands of the Metropolitan police. The News of the World was a part of News Corp owned by international media tycoon, Rupert Murdoch.

Former communications director for UK Prime Minister David Cameron, and editor of News of the World, Andy Coulson faces charges of conspiring to intercept communications without lawful authority. Coulson was forced to resign as David Cameron’s communication director after coverage of the phone-hacking scandal.

There are six others who face similar charges, including Rebekah Brooks husband Charlie Brooks. The trial is scheduled to take a year.

The ‘phone hacking scandal’, as it is known, initiated the Leveson inquiry, which looked into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press. The scandal received international attention and has resulting inquiry saw, politicians, police and celebrities give evidence.

The Leveson inquiry made recommendations for a new independent body to replace the press complaints commission, the report was received with hostility by many of the UK’s papers.

The scandal saw the 168-year-old News of the World close down with a final headline of ‘Thank you and goodbye’. It also saw Rupert Murdoch apologise to the British public in an advertisement in seven UK papers.

Brooks and Coulson have pleaded not guilty to their charges.

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