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Former Sun editor: It's a sad day
3:59pm Wednesday 28th August 2013 in News
A FORMER managing editor of The Sun has condemned charges relating to paying public officials for information.
Graham Dudman, 50, from Brentwood, has been charged with three counts of conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office following Operation Elveden.
Following the phone-hacking scandal, the probe was launched in 2011 after it was suggested payments had been made to police officials by tabloid journalists.
Alongside Dudman, eight others including journalists and police officials were also charged.
Mr Dudman said: “It is a sad day when journalists, whether from tabloids, broadsheets, broadcasters or websites, are prosecuted for reporting the truth.
“Since my arrest in a dawn raid in front of my wife and two young children 19 months ago, I have received wonderful support from my family, friends and colleagues for which I am enormously grateful.”
It is alleged between September 5 and 27, 2002, he authorised payments of £3,000 to one or more police officers in return for information linked to a story in the paper.
He is also accused of authorising payments to public officials relating to the health of a patient at Broadmoor, details of an incident at a hospital and details of an incident relating to army combat between June 23, 2002, and December 6, 2007.
The final charge alleges Mr Dudman and former Sun journalist John Troup conspired to pay a prison officer for information relating to an inmate’s death.
Mr Troup, 47, of Saffron Walden, has been charged as a co-conspirator.
All nine will appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on September 5.