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Jail editors over hacking - Sugar

Newspaper editors, directors and proprietors should face prison sentences over the phone hacking scandal, Lord Sugar has said.

The Labour peer and star of BBC1's The Apprentice said it is "ludicrous" to suggest an editor of a national newspaper did not know whether hacking had taken place.

His calls came after it was revealed that footballer Ryan Giggs has become the latest celebrity to launch legal action against the News of the World over alleged phone hacking.

At question time in the House of Lords, Lord Sugar said: "It is ludicrous to suggest that the editor of a national newspaper is not aware of where the information came from.

"In the past a journalist was actually given a custodial sentence for phone hacking. Isn't it the case that the editor is responsible for what goes in the newspaper and he also should be given a custodial sentence and indeed the proprietor and the board of directors?"

Andy Coulson, editor of the News of the World from 2003 to 2007, left both that job and his later role as Downing Street director of communications in light of the phone hacking row.

Scotland Yard is investigating multiple claims that staff at the paper, which is owned by Rupert Murdoch's News International, hacked into the answerphone messages of celebrities and politicians.

Baroness Rawlings, answering for the Government, told Lord Sugar: "When it comes to editors, I am afraid I am unaware of what happened there."


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