Andy Coulson jailed for 18 mths for plotting to hack phones

Former Number 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson has been jailed for 18 months after being found guilty of plotting to hack phones while in charge at the News of the World.

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Hacked Off: Sentencing is the 'beginning of the process'

Hacked Off, the group campaigning for a free and accountable press, said the sentencing today of Andy Coulson, Greg Miskiw, Neville Thurlbeck, James Weatherup and Glenn Mulcaire, is "only the beginning."

It has taken far too long for the thousands of innocent victims of this industrial-scale criminal conspiracy to see its perpetrators brought to justice. It is only the beginning of the process. Those victims will insist that no stone is left unturned to get to the full truth of what happened - no matter how high up the scandal went. We now need a proper independent and effective press regulator that actually works for victims and the public in preventing this sort of institutional disregard for the rights of others.

– Hacked Off Executive Director Joan Smith

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