Andy Coulson sentenced to 18 months in jail in U.K. phone hacking scandal

British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on Friday for being complicit in industrial scale phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited

Coulson was editor of the now-defunct News of the World from 2003 to 2007

Former editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson was sentenced to 18 months in jail for his role in a years-long phone hacking scandal that rocked Britain's news media and led to the shuttering of the once extremely popular tabloid. (Neil Hall/Reuters)

British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months on Friday for being complicit in industrial scale phone-hacking by journalists at the Rupert Murdoch tabloid he edited.

Coulson, editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper from 2003 to 2007, was convicted last week of conspiracy to illegally intercept voicemails on mobile phones following a high-profile eight-month trial at London's Old Bailey court.

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