Coulson: 'Didn't know about tabloid phone hacking'

LONDON (AP) — Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief has said under oath that he was never involved in phone hacking when he was the editor of a Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid.

Andy Coulson was asked by his lawyer in court Tuesday whether he was "ever party to or in agreement with phone hacking at the News of the World." Coulson answered: "No, I was not."

Coulson said he would have considered the practice of illegal eavesdropping — now known to have been widespread at the newspaper — "a breach of privacy" and "lazy journalism."

Coulson and six others are on trial on charges stemming from the revelation that the News of the World eavesdropped on the voicemails of people in the public eye. All deny wrongdoing.

Murdoch closed the newspaper in 2011.

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