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Ex-News of the World Reporter Denies Hacking Following Arrest

December 01, 2011

Dec. 1 (Bloomberg) -- The former News of the World reporter arrested yesterday as part of a U.K. police investigation into phone hacking said she didn’t intercept calls or break reporting rules.

Bethany Usher, who worked for newspapers including the tabloid between 2005 and 2008, said in an e-mailed statement today that she didn’t work at its headquarters, spending most of her time on the road reporting in the northern part of England.

“I have never been involved in the interception of telecommunications in any way and strictly adhered to the Press Complaints Commission code of practice,” said Usher, who now teaches journalism classes at Teesside University. “I became disillusioned through working with some who saw human suffering simply as fodder to fill pages. As such, I made the decision to find an alternative career.”

Usher was at least the 19th person arrested this year by police investigating allegations reporters illegally accessed voice mails and computers and paid officers for stories. Usher said she was “disgusted by revelations in recent months.” The U.K. government is pursuing information from people involved in the case through special hearings in Parliament and an inquiry being conducted by Judge Brian Leveson.

--Editors: Christopher Scinta, Simon Thiel

To contact the reporter on this story: Amy Thomson in London at athomson6@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Kenneth Wong at kwong11@bloomberg.net


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