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Hacking prosecutors expose Murdoch press operation

by Simon Basketter
Issue No. 2381

The trial of former News of the World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, and six others at the Old Bailey entered its fourth week this week.

Evidence has been concerned with how the Murdoch press operated and what prosecutors say is proof of wrongdoing.  

This includes the evidence from the coverage of the case of the murdered school girl Milly Dowler. 

The first edition of the story contained references to her voicemail—later editions did not. 

The prosecution has alleged that Coulson and Brooks must have known the Surrey teenager’s phone was hacked—something they both deny.

Much of the evidence has been dominated by documents and emails obtained from News International. 

In one email from former royal editor Clive Goodman he warned, “We could all end up in jail” if payments to police officers were traced.

The jury was also shown an email from Andy Coulson to news editor Ian Edmondson in which the editor wrote, “Do his phone.”

There was also an email from Brooks to her personal assistants in January 2011 telling them she has to meet Andy Coulson “somewhere discreet, like a hotel”. 

Coulson was working for David Cameron at the time.

The trial continues.


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Tue 26 Nov 2013, 17:39 GMT
Issue No. 2381
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