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Charlotte Church adds name to list of victims of phone hacking scandal


Summary of story from The Independent, October 4, 2011

Two more female celebrities have asked for their names to be added to the list of ‘victims’ to be included in the UK’s ongoing phone hacking inquiry (see WVoN coverage).

Singer Charlotte Church and former presenter of the TV programme Crimewatch Jacqui Hames asked to be included in the list of Core Participants (CPs).

If successful, it will bring the number of CPs to 48. They include actress Sienna Miller and several members of the UK parliament.

The first part of the inquiry will look at the culture, ethics and practices of the press and its relationship with the police and politicians.

The second section of the inquiry, according to an earlier report, will look at the specific phone-hacking allegations that arose in the wake of the scandal at the News of the World but will only begin once police investigations have been completed.

The former editor of The Sun and The News of the World newspapers and chief executive officer of News International Rebekah Brooks was refused CP status at this stage by Lord Justice Leveson, who leads the inquiry. He said her involvement would be more relevant to the second part.

Lord Justice Leveson said oral evidence which will be broadcast live could start as early as next month. The report into the finding is expected to be published within a year.

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