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Another ex-NOTW journalist arrested

world Updated: Aug 18, 2011 21:31 IST
James Desborough

James Desborough, an award-winning reporter at the defunct News of the World, was on Thursday arrested as part of the phone-hacking investighation, making him the 13th person arrested in the case.

Desborough was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications, contrary to section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977 after arriving at a south London police station today morning. He had arrived at the station by appointment for questioning in relation to alleged illegal news gathering practices at the tabloid.

Last week, Greg Miskiw, former news editor of the tabloid was arrested and released on bail.

According to The Guardian, allegations against Desborough relate to events prior his promoted to be the newspaper's Los Angeles-based US editor in April 2009.

He was awarded during the 2009 British Press Awards ceremony, when he was praised by judges for his series of "uncompromising scoops which mean no celebrity with secrets can sleep easy".

Desborough reportedly joined the News of the World in 2005 and was writing for the tabloid until it closed in July.

Last week, Scotland Yard said Miskiw, was held on suspicion of unlawful interception of communications and conspiring to intercept communications. He has been bailed until October.

The police operation called Operation Weeting is investigating allegations that private investigators hacked into the messages of celebrities and public figures between 2005 and 2006 at the behest of the News of the World owned by media baron Rupert Murdoch's News International.

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