MPs inquiry into phone hacking to question police

The Commons culture, media and sport select committee will next week hear from the information commissioner and two senior Scotland Yard policemen as the investigation into allegations of phone hacking at the News of the World continues.

MPs on the culture select committee, led by chairman John Whittingdale, will take evidence next Wednesday from information commissioner, Christopher Graham and colleague David Clancy, followed by assistant commissioner John Yates and detective chief superintendent Philip Williams of the Metropolitan Police.

The committee began taking evidence before parliament’s summer recess following allegations made by the Guardian newspaper that News International, the British publishing wing of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation empire, had paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of journalists using phone hacking.

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The next week’s hearing will form part of the committee’s ongoing inquiry into press standards, privacy and libel.

The committee has already heard evidence from a number of senior International executives including Colin Myler, the editor of News of the World, former editor Andy Coulson, the Conservative party’s director of communications.

Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and Nick Davies, wrote the original story, also gave evidence to the committee last month.



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