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Former Sunday Mirror journalist charged with phone hacking

Former Sunday Mirror journalist Graham Johnson has been charged with phone hacking, the Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed.

A file was received from the Metropolitan Police in May 2014 and the CPS has today authorised the police to summons Graham Johnson, a former Sunday Mirror journalist, to be charged with an offence of intercepting communications without legal authority, namely mobile phone voicemail messages.

Graham Johnson will appear before Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6th November 2014.

– Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service

Trinity Mirror apologises to celebs for phone hacking

Trinity Mirror has admitted for the first time that some of its journalists were involved in phone hacking.

The publishing group which publishes the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People has agreed to pay compensation to four celebrities who had sued over hacking of their voicemails.

ITV News Correspondent Paul Davies reports


Eriksson and Richie among Trinity Mirror hacking payouts

Sven Goran Eriksson was among six hacking claims settled. Credit: Bertil Ericson / TT/

Actor Shane Richie and former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson are among ten people Trinity Mirror group has agreed to compensate for phone hacking claims, the newspaper publisher has said.

Richie himself was among four people the Daily Mirror owner promised to compensate after admitting intercepting voicemails "many years" ago, while his wife and agent have also settlements over hacking claims.

Also on the list were fellow soap actors Lucy Benjamin and Shobna Gulati and TV presenter Alan Yentob.

The group also said it had already agreed settlements with six other people named in full below, including former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson, Doctor Who actor Christopher Eccleston and Abbie Gibson, the former nanny of David and Victoria Beckham.

  • Sven Goran Eriksson (football manager)
  • Christopher Eccleston (actor)
  • Abbie Gibson (Beckham family's former nanny)
  • Christie Roche (wife of Shane Richie)
  • Phil Dale (Shane Richie's agent)
  • Garry Flitcroft (ex-footballer)

Trinity Mirror admits to phone hacking for first time

Newspaper publisher Trinity Mirror has admitted for the first time that its journalists hacked phones after agreeing to compensate four people.

In a statement, the publisher of the Daily Mirror and other titles said it admitted liability for allegations that it intercepted the voicemails of four unnamed individuals "many years" ago, adding that it had apologised and had agreed to pay compensation.

The group also confirmed six other claims had already been settled for agreed sums.

George Clooney to direct phone hacking film

George Clooney has said he will get behind the camera to direct a film about the phone hacking scandal.

Shooting on the film adaptation of 'Hack Attack' is scheduled to start next year. Credit: REUTERS/Alessandro Bianchi

The Hollywood star, who has previously directed movies including this year's Monuments Men, will bring journalist Nick Davies' book Hack Attack to the big screen.

The 53-year-old, who is the son of US journalist Nick Clooney, said he is delighted to be involved in the film, which will focus on the scandal that engulfed Rupert Murdoch's news empire.

He said: "This has all the elements - lying, corruption, blackmail - at the highest levels of government by the biggest newspaper in London,

"And the fact that it's true is the best part. Nick is a brave and stubborn reporter and we consider it an honour to put his book to film."

Mr Davies' book was the product of six years of investigation at News Corporation and News International.

Former No.10 spin doctor Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months for his part in the plot. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

Coulson's co-defendants Rebekah Brooks and managing editor Stuart Kuttner denied any wrongdoing and were cleared of all charges.

Hacking victims included the family of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, sports stars, a whole host of celebrities and members of the Royal Family.

Mensch: Journalists told me hacking was 'widespread'

Former Conservative MP Louise Mensch, who was a member of the parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking, said journalists told her that the practice was "widespread" within the industry.

Ms Mensch said: "I remember during the parliamentary inquiry into hacking, I was very clear, journalists were coming to me all the time saying this was a widespread practice in Fleet Street, and the further we get into it the more true that becomes."

Earlier, it was revealed that former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan was questioned under caution last December about phone hacking but was not arrested.


Piers Morgan's latest brush with hacking inquiry

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking at the Mirror newspaper group - although it is not the first he has been linked to the hacking scandal.

Piers Morgan has confirmed he was questioned by police about phone hacking in December Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In his memoirs, published in 2003, the former Daily Mirror editor appeared to suggest he knew all about phone hacking, and he then repeated those stories to the media when he gave interviews.

Then he appeared before Lord Leveson at his inquiry in late 2012, and said that absolutely no hacking took place under his editorship at the Daily Mirror, going back on all those earlier suggestions.

Morgan is now based in the US, but flew back to the UK in December to be questioned by police, after being approached by officers belonging to Operation Golding which was set up to look into voice message interception.

The Mirror Group deny that any kind of hacking occurred at their newspaper group.

Morgan spokesperson confirms hacking interview

Piers Morgan has confirmed that he was interviewed by officers investigating phone hacking in December.

Metropolitan Police said a 48-year-old journalist was "interviewed under caution", although a spokesman refused to confirm the name of the individual.

In a statement to The Guardian through a spokesperson, Mr Morgan said:

In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the UK.

This was further to a full witness statement I had already freely provided. I attended that interview as requested on 6 December 2013.

Morgan, who is now a presenter on CNN, was editor of the Daily Mirror from 1995 until 2004.

Piers Morgan questioned by phone hacking police

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan. Credit: PA Wire

Former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan has been questioned under caution about phone hacking, Press Association sources have confirmed.

"A 48-year-old man, a journalist, was interviewed under caution on 6 December 2013 by officers from Operation Golding in connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept telephone voicemails," a Metropolitan Police spokesman told ITV News.

"He was interviewed by appointment at a south London police station. He was not arrested."

MPs warned not to make phone-hacking comments

Former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson will stand trial at the Old Bailey next week. Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Politicians at Westminster have been warned not to comment in public on upcoming trials over newspaper phone hacking.

The coming week will see former Downing Street director of communications Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks stand trial at the Old Bailey.

The case has been at the centre of political debate for more than two years, but Solicitor General Oliver Heald has acted to counter the risk of commentary prejudicing the proceedings, which are expected to last for several months.

Parliamentary privilege means a politician can theoretically talk about a live case in the House of Commons without fear of prosecution.

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