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News Corp. Phone Hacking Scandal Emigrates To U.S. With Arrest Of Hollywood-Based Reporter

Reported by Ellen - August 18, 2011 -

The Hollywood-based reporter for Murdoch's now-defunct News of the World tabloid has been arrested on phone hacking charges. The charges stem from phone hacking in Britain, before the reporter, James Desborough, moved to the U.S. But the arrest raises questions about whether or not Desborough - praised for getting information "not even close family members" know - may have used the same methods here that he allegedly used there. UPDATED.

Britain's Guardian reports:

At the 2009 British Press Awards ceremony, Desborough was praised by judges for his series of "uncompromising scoops which mean no celebrity with secrets can sleep easy". He was presented with his award by Jon Snow, the respected Channel 4 journalist and anchorman.

Desborough continued to win plaudits after his move to America. Ian Halperin, a Hollywood author, described him as someone who "never gets his facts wrong. He's a rock solid reporter." Hollyscope, an online site, also praised Desborough for "seem[ing] to have information that not even close family members … know."

...Desborough was writing for the News of the World up until it closed last month.

I've previously written that there are many reasons to suspect that News Corp. phone hacking may have occurred in the U.S. The arrest of this U.S.-based reporter is one more.

If you haven't already, please sign Free Press' petition asking Congress to investigate whether News Corp. engaged in any phone hacking or other illegal practices here in the U.S.

8/19/11 UPDATE: Outfoxed director/producer Robert Greenwald makes a similar post in today's Alternet.

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