UK to charge 3 more journalists in bribery probe

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Associated Press

Posted on July 8, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 8 at 3:07 PM

LONDON (AP) — British officials are charging three more journalists and a prison officer in an ongoing investigation into bribery of public officials.

The Crown Prosecution Service said Monday that two journalists — Lucy Panton, former crime editor at the News of the World, and Thomas Savage, deputy news editor at the Daily Star on Sunday — will be charged with conspiring with prison officer Scott Chapman to commit misconduct in a public office.

Chapman allegedly sold information about a high-profile prisoner to a number of British tabloids between March 2010 and June 2011.

Prosecutors also are levying the same charge at The Sun newspaper's Chris Pharo, for allegedly authorizing payments to public officials between January 2006 and December 2010. He was news editor of the tabloid at the time.

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