LONDON, November 7, /TASS/. On Friday an ex-editor of now non-existent News of the World tabloid Yen Edmondson came next to be convicted of plotting to hack phones of politicians and celebrities in the United Kingdom. The Old Bailey, central court of London, sentenced the ex-editor to 8 months in prison.
This July the court jailed another journalist — former chief editor of News of the World and British Prime Minister David Cameron’s ex-director of communications Andy Coulson.
He was sentenced to 18 months of imprisonment. Coulson was sent to jail following the trial.
Andy Coulson was in charge of the journal from 2003 to 2007. He had to resign after the conspiracy to intercept voicemails by News of the World reporters was exposed. Mr. Cameron issued an apology for the decision to make Coulson a director of communications.
The former chief editor pleaded guilty of hacking phones of the Home Secretary.
The story about wiretapping by journalists of the News of the World, which belonged to media mogul Rupert Murdoch, turned out in 2006.
In 2011, the scandal broke out with renewed vigor, when it became known that the News of the World didn’t cease the wiretap, and continued to do this on an even larger scale.
According to the investigation, the telephone tapping continued for six years during the 2000-s.
It is believed that the victims of wiretapping included the grandchildren of the British Queen — princes William and Harry, William’s wife Kate, former prime-ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown, musician Paul McCartney and dozens of other famous people.
To increase the circulation, journalists listened to mobile voice mail of 13-year-old Milli Dowler, who was abducted and killed by a maniac. This has caused an especially sharp public response, which as a result made Rupert Murdoch close the discredited newspaper.