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    Victims of press intrusion including writer J.K. Rowling on Friday urged Britain's political leaders to fully implement a judge's recommendations on regulating the country's often unruly newspapers.

  • Lord Justice Brian Leveson holds a summary of his report into the culture and practices of the British press and his recommendations for future regulation, on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

    U.K. judge issues damning press verdict

    Britain needs a new independent media regulator to eliminate a subculture of unethical behavior that infected segments of the country's press, a senior judge said Thursday at the end of a yearlong inquiry into newspaper wrongdoing.

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  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair leaves his house in central London on Monday, May 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

    Tony Blair says he ducked fight with U.K. media

    Former Prime Minister Tony Blair testified Monday that he never challenged the influential British press because doing so would have plunged his administration into a drawn-out and politically damaging fight.

  • TV presenter: Piers Morgan told me how to hack

    A prominent British TV presenter said Wednesday that CNN talk show host Piers Morgan gave him a primer on phone hacking, a revelation that suggests he knew a fair amount about how the shady practice was carried out.

  • ** FILE ** News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch appears before Lord Justice Brian Leveson's inquiry into U.K media ethics on Wednesday, April 25, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Pool)

    At inquiry, Rupert Murdoch defends 50-year record

    News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch defended his globe-spanning, half-century-long media career Wednesday, telling an official inquiry into U.K. media ethics that he never gave his editors orders on who to back or used his political sway for financial gain.

  • Media scion James Murdoch arrives at the Levenson media inquiry to give evidence at the High Court in London on Tuesday, April 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

    James Murdoch quizzed on private lobbying of U.K. leaders

    James Murdoch's behind-the-scenes lobbying campaign spilled out into the public domain Tuesday as documents detailing his close ties to the British establishment were examined by a judge-led inquiry into media ethics.

  • James Murdoch grilled over UK phone hacking

    James Murdoch defended his record at the head of his father's scandal-tarred British newspaper unit before a U.K. inquiry Tuesday, saying that subordinates prevented him from making a clean sweep at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid.

  • Heather Mills says McCartney calls were hacked

    She squared off against former Beatle Paul McCartney in divorce court; on Thursday, Heather Mills took on Piers Morgan at Britain's media ethics inquiry.

  • Celeb magazine editors speak at UK ethics inquiry

    After weeks examining the illicit and underhanded practices of sensation-hungry press, Britain's media ethics inquiry shifted its gaze Wednesday to celebrity magazine editors, who painted a kinder, gentler picture of their trade.

  • Elle Macpherson's adviser: Hacking cost me my job

    Elle Macpherson fired her business adviser for leaking secrets when journalists were actually getting juicy details about the supermodel by hacking into her phone, the former aide told a British inquiry into media ethics Tuesday.

  • News Corp. executive James Murdoch (left) is driven away from a drive-in entrance at Portcullis House after his second appearance before British parliamentarians investigating the country's phone hacking scandal in London, on Nov. 10, 2011. (Associated Press)

    U.K. media inquiry begins, could lead to shake up

    The press likes to cast itself as society's guardian. On Monday, the judge leading the investigation into Britain's deepening phone hacking scandal vowed to find an answer to the question: Who guards the guardians?

  • Hugh Grant: Reform needed after phone hacking saga

    Actor Hugh Grant says Britain's leader has told him he will support reforms of the country's scandal-hungry media in the wake of the tabloid phone hacking scandal.

  • Actors, crime victims participate in press inquiry

    An electic mix of celebrities, crime victims and former police suspects will take part in a judge-led inquiry into the state of Britain's scandal-tarred press.

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