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NUJ reaction to verdicts on hacking trial

24 June 2014

The NUJ has reacted to a jury finding former News of the World editor Andy Coulson guilty of conspiring to hack phones.

Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary, said:

"It has felt as if the whole of journalism has been put on trial over this period, when instead there should have been an investigation into what was happening at the top of News UK, where a dysfunctional culture was created and presided over by the Murdochs and their lieutenants.

"This should be the time to draw a line under the bullying behaviour in newsrooms, which put journalists under pressure to act unethically. Plus, there are still many journalists, who were arrested, whose lives have been put on hold because of the fall out of what occurred at the News of the World."

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