Wednesday, July 22, 2009

News of the World paid royal phone hackers after convictions

The News of the World made payments to its disgraced royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire after the two men were jailed for phone hacking, MPs were told today .

The newspaper claimed the "arrangements", details of which were not given, were made to comply with employment law, rather than to buy to their silence.

The MPs on the culture, media and sport select committee reopened their inquiry into privacy and press standards after the Guardian revealed that the paper's owner, News Group, had secretly paid £700,000 to Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers Association, in a confidential settlement.

Today, the MPs pressed executives from News Group to disclose the terms on which Goodman and Mulcaire were dismissed.


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