Rupert Murdoch’s son, James Murdoch, has stepped down as executive chairman of News International, the British newspaper group that publishes News Corporation’s British tabloids. As we have extensively reported, those newspapers have been the subject of major scandals and extensive government investigations in England. Most recently, a British inquiry found that the company had bribed British police, government and military officials “hundreds of thousands of dollars” for news. According to the investigation, the payments were authorized “at a very senior level within the newspaper.” We again join Free Press’ effort in calling for an American inquiry into News Corporation.
The New York Times noted in its report on Murdoch’s resignation:
The Murdoch empire seemed to face fresh trouble on Monday when a senior police officer told a judicial inquiry that the daily Sun had systematically paid large sums of money to “a network of corrupted officials” in the British police, military and government.
…The police officer, Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers, who is leading the criminal investigation into Mr. Murdoch’s newspapers, said The Sun had illegally paid the unidentified officials hundreds of thousands of dollars in exchange for news tips and “salacious gossip.” She said the payments had been authorized “at a very senior level within the newspaper.”
Free Press has also been keeping an eye on the investigation and has renewed its calls for Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate whether the media conglomerate has broken any U.S. laws under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. I have previously offered up reasons to suspect that hacking may have occurred here, too. You can sign the Free Press petition to Attorney General Holder here.
Unless saying people who want to hold them accountable are against the 1st amenment counts, of course.
RIP, Davy Jones
Tell every person about News Corporation’s dirty deeds on the streets, libraries, your job, grocery stores, busses, trains, airplane, sporting events, and sporting events.
Ruthless is watching his kingdom fall apart. News Corporation’s finances have taken a hit, but it’s not over by a long shot. Arrests will be coming forth, and there’s nothing Ruthless can do about it.
The icing on the cake will come in the late summer or fall.
NOTE TO RUPY
Since you love tabloid newspapers, here’s your future headlines:
RUPERT MURDOCH QUITS!
HE’S OUT! RUPERT MURDOCH GONE FROM NEWS CORPORATION
FEDS ARREST NEWS CORPORATION EMPLOYEES
FEDS ARREST FOX NEWS STAFF
FOX NEWS HOST, PRODUCER ARRESTED
“His father was very unhappy that he had to close News of the World. He did so at James’s urging – James was the guy on the spot and he decided to follow his son’s advice,” Mr Neil told the BBC.
“My understanding is he very much regrets that now, hence the steeling up with the launch of the Sun on Sunday.
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image of Hugh Pym Hugh Pym Chief economics correspondent, BBC News
[…] But critics will say that the timing of his departure, with the Murdoch empire on the back foot in the UK, is no coincidence.
“I think Rupert, who can be just as robust with his family as he can be with editors and executives who don’t have the Murdoch gene in them, has decided James has nothing more to offer here in London.”
With all my love,