August 2, 2012

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Scotland Yard has announced formal charges against former News International head Rebekah Brooks, among other editors and reporters, for the phone hacking of Milly Dowler and others. According to the Guardian, “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.”

Also charged: former News of the World editor Andy Coulson, former reporter Neville Thurlbeck, plus other editors and another reporter.

The so-called “phone hacking” scandal was ignited last year by the revelation that people working for News of the World had listened to Dowler’s voice mails when she was missing in 2002. But it turned out that they may not have deleted the voice mails that gave her parents hope that she was still alive, as initially reported by the Guardian.

Brooks was arrested last year, shortly after she resigned as head of News International.

Earlier: Murdoch deputy Rebekah Brooks takes the stand at U.K.’s Leveson inquiry

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