NoW editor suspended over role in phone hacking

Senior executive staff at the News of the World have been dealt a blow in their defence of the paper over the phone hacking saga, after it emerged that its assistant editor has been suspended for his involvement in the scandal.

The Guardian obtained documents that allegedly showed his involvement in the illegal activity.

According to the Guardian, Ian Edmonson asked private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to hack phones belonging to actress Sienna Miller – who is suing the NoW – and her staff.

The revelation resulted in Edmonson being “suspended from active duties” prior to Christmas, just after the Guardian obtained documents that the police procured from Mulcaire’s home.

Mulcaire, along with the paper’s former royal editor Clive Goodman, was jailed in 2007 for illegally intercepting private phone messages belonging to the royal family. Then-editor Andy Coulson resigned in the aftermath and denied any knowledge of the activity taking place.

However, Coulson – who is now the government’s communications director – has been attacked by ex-staff from the paper who have claimed that he knew, and sanctioned, the illegal act of phone hacking.

NoW has always been adamant that Goodman was a rogue reporter, a defence which could fall apart if Edmonson is proven to have acted illegally.

The paper claimed in a statement released in response to Edmonson’s suspension that it has “a zero-tolerance approach to any wrongdoing”.

(Source: MediaGuardian, Press Gazette)

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