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Murdoch's UK arm approved "industrial scale" phone-hacking: Court

Published on Mar 20, 2014 11:38 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper arm approved phone-hacking "on an industrial scale" at its top-selling Sunday tabloid, the paper's former royal editor told a London court on Thursday.

Clive Goodman, who was jailed in 2007 for hacking phones of senior aides to Britain's royal family, made the allegation when asked why he had not raised the issue of bullying at the News of the World when he appealed against his dismissal following his conviction.

"That wasn't the grounds on which I was complaining about unfair dismissal," Goodman told the court.

"The company had sanctioned phone-hacking on an industrial scale and they had dealt with me unfairly compared to other people."

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