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Rupert Murdoch

GQ publisher in contempt of court over UK hacking coverage

The publisher of GQ magazine, Conde Nast Publications Ltd., was found guilty of contempt of court in Britain on Wednesday because of its coverage of the News of The World phone hacking trial.

The Lord Chief Justice John Thomas, the head of the judiciary, ruled that an article in the British edition of GQ created a "substantial risk" that the trial of several senior staff at the Rupert Murdoch-owned tabloid would be "seriously impeded or prejudiced."

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