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NY Times: News Corp. Has Paid Over $200,000 To Pay Off Police

Reported by Ellen - August 3, 2011 -

Yesterday, the 11th former employee of News Corp's now-closed tabloid, News of the World, was arrested. Stuart Kuttner, the former managing editor, was in charge of the cash handed out to reporters to cover their expenses and to pay for sources for articles. The New York Times reports that so far, a search has found more than $200,000 in payments to the police.

The Times wrote:

A person familiar with the company’s internal investigation said the regular infusions of cash, usually also authorized by newsroom editors as well as Mr. Kuttner, contributed to the newsroom’s “wild West” atmosphere. The funds were used as advances on expenses and also to pay sources for articles, said the former journalists. So far a search by the company of the cash records has found more than $200,000 in payments to police officers from The News of the World, according to two people with knowledge of the documents.

The Times further noted that the police allowed News of the World to retain all its records during the initial review on the grounds that journalistic sources were legally protected.

That arrangement drew criticism from a former senior Scotland Yard official, who was not involved in the hacking inquiry. “On the day News Corp. announced it was shutting down the newspaper, what I would have done is gotten a warrant, raided the premises and taken everything so that I could have looked at it myself,” the former official said.



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