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Celebrities to take part in hacking inquiry

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is among the 46 victims of hacking or press intrusion who have been invited to give evidence at an inquiry into the scandal.

Author JK Rowling
Author JK Rowling
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A NUMBER OF high-profile people have been invited to take part in an inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal.

They include Harry Potter author JK Rowling, jockey Kieran Fallon, Paul and Sheryl Gascoigne and Kate and Gerry McCann.

In total, there are 46 victims of phone hacking or press intrusion being invited to take part.

The Daily Mail reports that they will be given what is  called ‘core representative’ status.

What this means is that they can have a lawyer – one between them if the judge has his way – to speak for them during the hearings.

It is hoped that the inquiry will take 12 months, the Financial Times says.

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There will be two parts to it, one that focuses on the press’s behaviour towards the public, police and politicians, and a second that looks at the Metropolitan Police’s inquiry and how to prevent such hacking occurring again.

Two people who will not be giving evidence at the tribunal are News International’s Rupert Murdoch, and former NOTW editor Rebekah Brooks.

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