UK lawmakers slam 2 Murdoch execs for phone hacking evidence

AP News
Posted: Sep 14, 2016 11:04 AM

LONDON (AP) — British lawmakers say two former executives of the defunct News of the World misled Parliament by claiming that phone hacking was restricted to a single rogue reporter at the tabloid.

The House of Commons Committee of Privileges on Wednesday found former editor Colin Myler and legal manager Tom Crone in contempt of Parliament for testimony they gave legislators investigating the hacking scandal in 2009 and 2011. It said Parliament should "formally admonish" the pair.

Myler and Crone denied misleading lawmakers.

Owner Rupert Murdoch shut down the 168-year-old tabloid in 2011 after the revelation that it had eavesdropped on the mobile-phone voicemails of people in the public eye, including a 13-year-old murder victim.

Several journalists were later convicted, and Murdoch's company has paid out millions in compensation to hacking victims.