Tory communications director gives evidence to MPs about phone tapping

July 21, 2009 at 3:35 pm Leave a comment

by ePolitix

The Conservative director of communications has told MPs that he did not condone the use of phone tapping while serving as the News of World’s editor.

Coulson resigned from the newspaper in 2007 after its royal correspondent was jailed for phone tapping.

The private investigator Glen Mulcaire, who had a contract with the News of the World, was also jailed.

“During that time I neither condoned the use of phone-hacking and nor do I have any recollection of instances when phone-hacking took place,” Coulson said.

“We did not use subterfuge of any kind unless there was a clear public interest in doing so.

“I gave the reporters freedom as professional journalists to make their own judgments.

“I wasn’t able to micro-manage every story,” he added.

Coulson said he resigned because “things went badly wrong” under his editorship.

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