Former Editor of the News of the World Andy Coulson arrives for the sentencing at the Old Bailey court house in London July 4, 2014. (REUTERS/Neil Hall)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron's former media chief Andy Coulson was jailed for 18 months Friday for encouraging widespread phone-hacking by journalists to obtain scoops at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid he edited.Coulson, editor of the now defunct News of the World newspaper from 2003-07, was convicted last week of conspiracy to intercept voicemails on mobile phones following a high-profile eight-month trial at London's Old Bailey court.Coulson showed no emotion as the sentence was read out in a packed Court 12 at London's Old Bailey court.The sentence was passed exactly three years to the day that the Guardian newspaper published revelations that staff on the paper had hacked into the voicemails of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.Coulson resigned after revelations in 2011 that the hacking at his former newspaper had been much more expansive than the paper had previously admitted.The criminal action against Coulson is still not over.
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