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Pressure grows on News International and Cameron over hacking scandal

Published Tue 30 Aug 2011
Issue No. 2267

David Cameron continues to be mired in the phone hacking scandal.

The Leveson Inquiry into the scandal will take place in the High Court—and Cameron may be asked to give evidence under oath.

Rupert and James Murdoch, and former News of the World editors Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, will be called.

Cameron has been damaged by revelations that Coulson received payments from News International while working as his spin doctor—something the Tories had denied.

The parliamentary standards commissioner is considering the complaint about Coulson’s apparent failure to register the payments. Any income, benefits or gifts received must be disclosed.

The Metropolitan Police is also feeling the heat.

Scotland Yard paid the legal bills of ex-assistant commissioner John Yates against the Guardian and other newspapers over hacking-related allegations. Yates resigned in July over the scandal.

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the scandal, has been told he has to disclose who instructed him to access the voicemails of six public figures.

This could reveal just how high up in News International knowledge of hacking went.

Mulcaire is applying for a court order stopping the public release of the names.

In the US, the state of New York competition controller’s office has stopped a $27 million contract the city was about to agree with News Corp subsidiary Wireless Generation because of ethics rules.

News Corp acquired the company weeks after Joel Klein, former New York schools chancellor, started work for News Corp.


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Tue 30 Aug 2011, 17:11 BST
Issue No. 2267
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