In May 2009, a reporter working for the News Corp-controlled UK newspaper, The Times, hacked into the email of an anonymous police blogger. Today, The Times’ editor, James Harding, apologized to the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics saying, “I sorely regret the intrusion into Richard Horton’s email account by a journalist in our newsroom. On behalf of the newspaper, I apologise.” Last week, British Labour Party MP Tom Watson said the Metropolitan police had begun an investigation into The Times over email hacking. That would make it the third News Corp controlled paper to be subject to related probes. Harding, who was recalled today to Lord Justice Leveson’s chamber, previously told the inquiry that a Times reporter had been given a formal warning after accessing private emails without authorization. Today, he added, “I squarely do not approve of what has happened.”
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