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celebrities hacked off at alleged privacy breach

21 January 2011

The News of the World’s legal worries continued to grow this week as two further celebrities applied to the courts for disclosure of information regarding alleged phone hacking in connection with the newspaper.

Steve Coogan and Andy Gray have requested that private investigator Glenn Mulcaire reveal for whom he was working when he allegedly hacked into the voicemail on their mobile phones.

This is not the first time that The News of the World journalists have been linked to phone hacking. Reporter Clive Goodman was jailed in 2007 for pleading guilty to phone message interception charges.

The court’s decision as to whether to grant the request for information has been adjourned until 31 January to allow the claimants to submit statements on the calls they claim were intercepted. We can only hope that, if breaches of privacy laws are proved, the Court continues to take a firm stance.

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