GQ publisher in contempt of court over UK hacking coverage

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Columbus CEO

LONDON (AP) — A British court has found the publisher of GQ magazine, Conde Nast Publications Ltd., guilty of contempt of court because of its coverage of the News of The World phone hacking trial.

A judge at London's High Court ruled that an article in the magazine's British edition created a "substantial risk" that the trial of several senior staff at the tabloid would be "seriously impeded or prejudiced."

The article, written by Michael Wolff, appeared in April 2014, when the trial of former editors Rebekah Brooks, Andy Coulson and others had been running for over three months.

Jeremy Wright, the Attorney General, said Wednesday that the judgment was rare but the article went against the "most fundamental principle" of Britain's criminal justice system, that everyone is entitled to a fair trial.