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8 charged with phone hacking.

SENIOR journalists from the News of the World pledged yesterday to clear their names after it was announced that eight people including David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson will be charged with phone hacking.

Seven members of staff from the nowdefunct tabloid, including former editors Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, face court action over accusations that they illegally accessed voicemails. The seven stand accused of one general charge of alleged phone hacking between October 2000 and August 2006 that could affect as many as 600 victims.

Brooks and Coulson face specific charges of illegally accessing the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.

In a statement, Brooks insisted she was innocent, adding: "The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime. I will vigorously defend these allegations."

Speaking outside his home in southeast London, Coulson said he would fight the charges in court.

He said: "The idea that I would sit in my office dreaming up schemes to undermine investigations is simply untrue."

The other former NOTW staff who face court action are exmanaging editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup. They are accused along with private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.

All eight are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on August 16, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 25, 2012
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