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UK phone hacking trial begins

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Reuters

The press pack ready to report on the trial of some of their own.

Two former editors of the News of the World, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, arrived at London's Central Criminal Court for the start of one of Britain's most high-profile criminal cases in years.

They're accused of conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages on the mobile phones of politicians, celebrities and crime victims - to get newspaper exclusives.

They deny all the charges.

The phone hacking scandal sent shockwaves through Britain's political establishment and Rupert Murdoch's News Corp empire.

It led him to close the tabloid News of the World.

He later justified his actions before a parliamentary committee.

SOUNDBITE: RUPERT MURDOCH, MEDIA TYCOON, SAYING (English):

"...I would just like to say one sentence. This is the most humble day of my life."

The phone hacking scandal also revealed the close ties between UK press barons, politicians and police chi

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