Three UK journalists plead guilty to hacking

The admissions are the first from journalists at the defunct tabloid since police launched an inquiry in 2011.

    Three UK journalists plead guilty to hacking
    Murdoch was forced to shut the tabloid after allegations of widespread phone tapping by its journalists [Al Jazeera]

    Three senior journalists at the defunct News of the World tabloid, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, have pleaded guilty to charges related to phone-hacking, according to a UK prosecutor.

    Lawyer Andrew Edis said on Wednesday that former news editor Greg Miskiw, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, and former reporter James Weatherup all entered guilty pleas ahead of this week's high-profile phone hacking trial.

    The trial of two of Murdoch's former editors was heard on Wednesday.

    Rebekah Brooks, Murdoch's former British newspaper chief, and Prime Minister David Cameron's former media head Andy Coulson are on trial at London's Old Bailey court accused of conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones.

    The defendants all deny the charges, but Edis said that the guilty pleas already entered show “there was a conspiracy which involved a significant number of people”.

    Their guilty pleas, which had not previously been reportable, are the first public admissions by former News of the World journalists since police launched an inquiry in 2011 into allegations that staff on the Murdoch paper had hacked the phones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Investigation reveals scale of forced displacement in South Sudan

    Investigation reveals scale of forced displacement in South Sudan

    We dialled more than 35,000 random phone numbers to paint an accurate picture of displacement across the entire country.

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Interactive: Plundering Cambodia's forests

    Meet the man on a mission to take down Cambodia's timber tycoons and expose a rampant illegal cross-border trade.

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Pakistan's tribal areas: 'Neither faith nor union found'

    Residents of long-neglected northwestern tribal belt say incorporation into Pakistan has left them in a vacuum.