Three ex-Murdoch journalists plead guilty to phone hacking

Reuters

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - Three former senior journalistsfrom Rupert Murdoch's British tabloid the News of the World havepleaded guilty to charges relating to phone-hacking, the trialof two of the media mogul's former editors heard on Wednesday.

Rebekah Brooks, Murdoch's former British newspaper chief andPrime Minister David Cameron's ex-media head Andy Coulson are ontrial at London's Old Bailey court accused of conspiring toillegally access voicemail messages on mobile phones, chargesthey deny.

The court was told on Wednesday that ex-chief correspondentNeville Thurlbeck, former assistant news editor James Weatherup,and ex-news editor Greg Miskiw had pleaded guilty to conspiracyto intercept communications at earlier hearings.

Their guilty pleas, which had not previously beenreportable, are the first public admissions by former News ofthe World journalists since police launched an inquiry in 2011into allegations that staff on the Murdoch paper had hacked thephones of celebrities, politicians and victims of crime.

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