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News International settles dispute with ex-Sun features editor Matt Nixson

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News International has settled its dispute with former features editor of The Sun Matt Nixson.

Nixson was sacked without notice pay in July 2011 on the orders of News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee (MSC).

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The journalist had filed a lawsuit for unfair dismissal and also started a High Court case against the committee for wrongful dismissal.

Nixson said in a statement: "I am really pleased to have reached an agreement with News Group Newspapers Limited.

"I'm incredibly grateful to Barry Fitzpatrick and Roy Mincoff of the National Union of Journalists, and all their colleagues, for backing me unstintingly during this very difficult period."

He continued: "I would also like to thank my solicitor Alison Downie of Goodman Derrick LLP for acting for me and her support.

"I am particularly grateful to the many journalists, former colleagues and friends in the press, including at News International, who have provided incredible support to me and my family over the last year."

News International's own statement read: "Matt Nixson and News Group Newspapers Limited have reached an agreement, without admission of liability, to settle the claims brought by Matt Nixson against News Group Newspapers Limited in respect of the termination of his employment

"Matt Nixson has withdrawn his claims against Lord Grabiner QC, William Lewis, Simon Greenberg and Jeffrey Palker without admission of liability by any of those defendants."

News Corporation's MSC acted after uncovering a 2009 email which allegedly suggested a £750 payment from then-News of the World employee Nixson to a prison officer in relation to a story about the treatment of murderer Ian Soham, Press Gazette reports.

The NUJ claimed that there is no evidence of any wrongdoing and the police have declined to speak to Nixson about the matter.

Details of the settlement have not been revealed.

NUJ deputy general secretary Barry Fitzpatrick thanked Press Gazette and other journalists for their support.

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