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The Dowlers took the stand together and spoke in quiet, composed voices during their 30 minutes of nationally televised testimony.

They described their shock and anger when a private walk to retrace their missing daughter’s last steps was secretly photographed by the tabloid.

“It just felt like such an intrusion into a really, really private grief moment,” Sally Dowler said. The couple said they later realized that their own phone, as well as their daughter’s, had been hacked.

More than a dozen News of the World journalists and editors have been arrested and several senior Murdoch executives have resigned over the still-evolving scandal. Two top London police officers also lost their jobs, along with Cameron’s media adviser.

Later this week the inquiry will hear from “Harry Potter” author Rowling, comedian Steve Coogan, actress Miller and former Formula One boss Max Mosley — whose taste for sadomasochism was revealed in a widely publicized News of the World sting.

It’s a courtroom lineup that Britain’s celebrity-obsessed tabloids would love, if only they weren’t the ones in the dock.

Associated Press writer Raphael G. Satter contributed to this report.