Summary Box: Phone-hacking revelations

AP News
Posted: Dec 02, 2011 11:07 AM
Summary Box: Phone-hacking revelations

WINDOW ON SKULLDUGGERY: Britain's media ethics inquiry has shined light on the murky practices of the U.K.'s muckraking press, with phone hacking just the beginning.

THE BACKGROUND: The judge-led inquiry was set up after it emerged that Rupert Murdoch's News of the World had for years illegally eavesdropped on the voicemail messages of celebrities, public figures and crime victims.

THE TESTIMONY: Celebrities including singer Charlotte Church, "Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling and actress Sienna Miller have described stakeouts and snatched photos, leaked medical details and midnight pursuits by tabloids chasing news and gossip.