Murdoch Flies to London for Damage Control Effort, His Son Could Be Charged

Earlier this week, our own Adele Stan gave AlterNet readers a thorough primer on the growing phone-hacking and corruption scandal engulfing the Rupert Murdoch owned British tabloid the News of the World.

The transgressions of the paper's staff uncovered of late encompassed hacking the phones of the Royal family and other even crueler incidents involving the families of murder and terrorism victims.

The public outcry in Britain and on these shores, not to mention the ballooning Scotland Yard investigation, has grown so intense that the paper will soon be shuttered permanently. Other Murdoch properties, including the Wall Street Journal, are falling under the scandal's shadow.

And the news continues to come in. Now, as a third man is arrested in conjunction with this investigation, Murdoch is Britain-bound, attempting to do some damage control.

According to the Independent: 

Murdoch Snr, the 80-year-old chairman and chief executive of News Corporation, is due in the UK to confront the growing crisis at his media group. His intervention comes as a third man was held last night in connection with alleged corrupt payments made to police officers. The man was later bailed until October.


As the crisis at Mr Murdoch's empire deepened, News International's embattled chief executive Rebekah Brooks hinted to staff that more revelations were ahead, warning of "another very difficult moment in this company's history".

And here's another wrinkle for the mogul: both he and his son could be charged under US law. From another story in the Independent:

Both News Corp and James Murdoch himself could face corporate legal battles under America’s Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and the UK’s Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000, which outlaws the interception of communications.

Murdoch, whose position as Rupert Murdoch’s heir apparent has become increasingly tenuous with the unfolding of the phone hacking scandal, has admitted that he misled parliament over the phone hacking, although he said he did not have a complete picture at the time.

AlterNet / By Sarah Seltzer

Posted at July 9, 2011, 5:19am

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