CNN Errs in Phone Hacking Report: Says Coulson Wasn't Arrested, when he was in July

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During March 13’s CNN Newsroom program, host Ashleigh Banfield spoke with CNN’s senior international correspondent Matthew Chance about the March 13 re-arrest of former News International CEO Rebekah Brooks.  During the brief segment, Banfield said of  Andy Coulson “I should point out, so far Coulson only questioned, not arrested in all of this.”

But, Coulson was arrested last summer related to the phone hacking scandal.

CNN reported on Coulson’s July 8 arrest at the time.  The July 8 CNN article “Former Cameron aide arrested, then released in phone hacking case” clearly says

“Andy Coulson was arrested earlier Friday in connection with allegations of phone hacking and corruption.”

The article noted that Coulson was “released without charge.”

Coulson is the former communications director for UK prime minister David Cameron and a former editor at News of the World.

See here the March 13 video segment on CNN’s website. Banfield’s comments about Coulson begin around the 2:00 mark.

We have written to CNN for a correction and will update with any response.

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CNN Errs in Phone Hacking Report: Says Coulson Wasn’t Arrested, when he was in July

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