News Corp. Exec: No Cover-Up

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Copies of Britain's News of the World Sunday newspaper with some of Mazher Mahmood's, "The Fake Sheik" stories from 2006 in London Thursday Aug. 3, 2006. Disguised as a wealthy Arab sheik, Mazher Mahmood would lure celebrities into whispering confessions on luxury yachts over champagne _ then spill their secrets to the world. But after a decade of front page scoops, Britain's most famous investigative reporter is himself in the media glare.

Jonathan Chapman, the former director of legal affairs at News International, insisted before Parliament on Tuesday that there was no phone-hacking cover-up at the company. Along with Daniel Cloke, the former HR director at News of the World, Chapman insisted that he never uncovered any evidence of wrongdoing beyond that of Clive Goodman, the News of the World royal correspondent who was first felled by the scandal. Chapman insisted that News of the World continued to pay Goodman’s salary after his firing out of compassion, not to buy his silence. Goodman has claimed phone hacking was “widely discussed” within the paper and approved by top editors.