Britain Phone Hacking Scandal
March 5, 2012 by staff
Britain Phone Hacking Scandal, Developments in a phone-hacking scandal involving British newspapers owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.:
November 2005: News of the World royal reporter Clive Goodman writes story saying Prince William has a knee injury. Buckingham Palace complaint prompts police inquiry.
August 2006: Goodman arrested along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire for suspected hacking into voicemails of royal officials.
January 2007: Goodman jailed for four months; Mulcaire given six-month sentence. News of the World editor Andy Coulson resigns but insists he had not known about the hacking.
May 2007: Conservative Party leader David Cameron taps Coulson to be his media adviser.
July 2009: Coulson tells parliamentary committee he never “condoned use of phone hacking.”
September 2009: Rebekah Brooks, former editor of the News of the World and its sister paper The Sun, named chief executive of News International, News Corp.’s British arm.
February 2010: Parliamentary committee finds no evidence that Coulson knew about phone hacking but states it’s “inconceivable” that no one apart from royal correspondent Goodman knew about it.
May 2010: Cameron becomes prime minister; Coulson named communications chief.
Jan. 14, 2011: British police reopen investigation into phone-hacking charges against News of the World.
Jan. 21: Coulson resigns from Cameron’s office amid claims he had sanctioned phone hacking. Coulson continues to deny any wrongdoing or any knowledge of hacking.
April 5: Police arrest two journalists, including Ian Edmondson, the tabloid’s former news editor, on suspicion of intercepting voicemails. More than a dozen arrests of journalists and some police would follow in the coming months as inquiries into phone hacking and police corruption continued.
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