Rebekah Brooks vows to 'vigorously defend' herself against hacking charges
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Tuesday 24 July 2012
Rebekah Brooks has vowed to “vigorously defend” herself against phone hacking charges.
The former News International chief executive said she was "distressed and angry" at the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to charge her.
She said the charge concerning murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler was "particularly upsetting".
Mrs Brooks, a former editor of the News of the World, is among eight people who will face charges relating to phone hacking, the CPS announced today.
Charges against her include one relating to allegedly accessing the voicemails of Milly Dowler, as well as those of former trade union boss Andrew Gilchrist.
In a statement, she said: "I am not guilty of these charges. I did not authorise, nor was I aware of, phone hacking under my editorship.
"I am distressed and angry that the CPS have reached this decision when they knew all the facts and were in a position to stop the case at this stage.
"The charge concerning Milly Dowler is particularly upsetting not only as it is untrue but also because I have spent my journalistic career campaigning for victims of crime.
"I will vigorously defend these allegations."
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