Activists Push FBI, SEC to Investigate Murdoch's NewsCorp

For the most part, the scandal growing around Rupert Murdoch's NewsCorp, the parent of Fox News, has been focused on the company's illegal and unethical hacking and corruption in Britain, via British tabloids.

But what if this activity, even taking place across the bond, broke the rules Stateside? A group of activists is pressing federal authorities to do just that.

From Protect Our Elections:

The government accountability group is urging the FBI and the SEC to launch parallel criminal and civil investigations into Rupert Murdoch's media empire in the United States for possible prosecution under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal in the United Kingdom.

The umbrella group, representing grassroots activists across the country, sent a letter today to both the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Security and Exchange Commission asserting that the scandal overseas was in and of itself evidence of violation of the Act, because the company is headquartered in the United States, and urged both agencies to seek warrants to search the company's New York offices. It also pointed to evidence that phone hacking by News Corp journalists and editors may have spread across the Atlantic.

Don't expect this scandal to die down anytime soon.

Read their full letter here (pdf link).

Senator Jay Rockefeller has also come out swinging for an investigation. Via the Telegraph, here's Rockefeller's statement: 

"The reported hacking by News Corporation newspapers against a range of individuals - including children - is offensive and a serious breach of journalistic ethics," he said in a statement issued following inquiries by The Daily Telegraph.

"This raises serious questions about whether the company has broken US law, and I encourage the appropriate agencies to investigate to ensure that Americans have not had their privacy violated. "I am concerned that the admitted phone hacking in London by the News Corp. may have extended to 9/11 victims or other Americans. If they did, the consequences will be severe."

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 13, 2011, 5:17am