Murdoch Group In Hacking Crisis
Rupert Murdoch’s media company News International was in turmoil on Tuesday with its United Kingdom chief executive Rebekah Brooks facing calls to resign or be sacked following fresh revelations in the long-running phone-hacking scandal surrounding its tabloid newspaper, the News of the World (NoW), relating to the period when she was its editor.
With a police investigation under way, closely scrutinised by politicians and pressure groups, Rupert Murdoch’s newspaper group was braced for fresh allegations to emerge.
Police have information that “strongly suggests” that a private investigator targeted royals, lawmakers and high-level terrorist informers on behalf of Rupert Murdoch’s News International.
James Harding, the editor of The Times, said that he feared the activities of his fellow News International journalists, if proved, would bring shame “not just on the people involved, not just on that particular newspaper, but journalists in general”.
The scandal dates back to 2005/6, when the News of the World’s royal reporter and a private detective were arrested and later jailed for snooping on the voicemail messages of royal aides.
London’s Metropolitan Police launched a new inquiry last January after being severely criticized by some politicians and celebrities who suspected they too had had their voicemail intercepted.
The scandal cost the paper’s former editor Andy Coulson his later job as head of communications for Prime Minister David Cameron in January, although Coulson always insisted he knew nothing of the phone hacking.
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