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Rupert Murdoch Attacked With Pie

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011

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Rupert Murdoch And James Murdoch Appear Before Parliament To Take Questions On Phone Hacking

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011


Until another big issue this case will dominate other news.
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The Murdochs Head To Parliament As Scandal Shakes News Corp. Empire (VIDEO)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 19, 2011


Really this scandal is creating unexpected chaos.
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Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011

Rupert Murdoch and his son James will appear before British

 

 

Parliament on Tuesday to be grilled by a special committee over evidence of phone hacking at the defunct tabloid News of the World.

The widening scandal has rocked the media, police and the public in Britain, where Murdoch owns many of the country’s largest newspapers. It is alleged that his now defunct News of the World hacked the phones of 4,000 people, from stars to crime victims, to get juicy stories — all with the encouragement of top editors at the paper and aided by some in the police force.

Rupert Murdoch made a rare apology in British newspapers over the weekend.

The elder Murdoch is a man “who meets power with power” and is not going to leave News Corp. willingly, biographer Michael Wolff told Bloomberg News. Wolff’s book, “The Man Who Owns the News: Inside the Secret World of Rupert Murdoch,” was published in 2008.

Rupert Murdoch: In The Hot Seat – ABC News.

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Call Scotland Yard: Britain’s Prime Minister Is in Deep Trouble

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 18, 2011

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David Cameron presented himself to British voters as the candidate of change. He certainly hasn’t let them down. The

British Prime Minister David Cameron holds a press conference with South African President Jacob Zuma following their meeting at Union Building in Pretoria, South Africa, on July 18, 2011. (Photo: Jerome Delay / AP)

Prime Minister can claim personal responsibility for triggering a series of unexpected and convulsive changes to public life in Britain that have left Britons, in the words of one habitually understated government official, “gobsmacked and agog.” Over just two weeks, the turbulence has toppled Britain’s top cop and thrown London’s Metropolitan Police Service (widely known as the Met or Scotland Yard) into crisis, shuttered the nation’s biggest Sunday newspaper, led to the arrests of some of the most prominent names in journalism, revived the moribund career of Labour opposition leader Ed Miliband and shaken a global media empire to its foundations. And this is only the beginning as questions mount over the damage to Cameron’s own credibility.

It all goes back to a single decision taken by Cameron in 2007: to make Andy Coulson, a former editor of the now defunct tabloid the News of the World from 2003 to 2007, his communications supremo. Coulson had resigned from the News of the World after the prosecution of Clive Goodman, its royal editor, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator retained by the newspaper. The pair had hacked into the phones of the royal princes and their household. Coulson accepted “full responsibility” for what happened on his watch but has denied knowledge of illegal activities during his editorship or at any other time during his Fleet Street career. “There have been rumors about that kind of activity, I suppose, and media commentators have written about it,” he told members of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee in 2009. “It has been in the ether of the newspaper world for some time, but no, I have never had any involvement in it at all.” Cameron deemed such assurances sufficient to give Coulson “a second chance,” and upped the stakes on this gamble by bringing Coulson with him to 10 Downing Street after scraping into power at the head of the Conservative–Liberal Democrat coalition in 2010 — this despite the emergence of fresh evidence that suggested the number of hacking victims might extend into the thousands and well beyond palace walls. Coulson’s second chance expired this January when he left his Downing Street post; he was arrested on July 7 by police investigating allegations of voicemail interception and corrupt payments to police.

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Coulson and the nine others arrested so far in relation to these two separate police inquiries must be presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty by law. In overriding others’ advice to appoint Coulson, Cameron must be presumed naive or arrogant or unduly focused on schmoozing with the tabloid press and especially Coulson’s former bosses, Rebekah Brooks and Rupert Murdoch and his son James. If Coulson had not provided such a tempting target, Britain’s Guardian newspaper may not have pursued its investigations with such diligence and backbench critics of the Prime Minister probably wouldn’t have kept up their pressure to reopen inquiries into the News of the World. Even when the allegations that the tabloid commissioned the hacking of messages left for murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler surfaced, Cameron could have responded to the shocking development with calm and authority. Instead he has found himself playing catch-up to Miliband, his novice opponent suddenly transformed into a caped crusader against what he calls “a culture of irresponsibility” that underpinned not only #hackgate but also the banking crises and the scandal over MPs’ and peers’ expenses. In the latest demonstration of Miliband’s newfound power, the Labour leader planned to use a speech on July 18 to call for Parliament to delay its summer recess to discuss the hacking affair and its extraordinary repercussions. Before he stood up to speak, Cameron used a press conference during a long-planned visit to South Africa to say he was inclined to extend the parliamentary session. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rupert Murdoch’s empire must be dismantled – Ed Miliband

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 17, 2011

Labour leader urges for new media ownership rules saying News Corporation chief has too much power in the UK

Ed Miliband has demanded the breakup of Rupert Murdoch‘s UK media empire in a dramatic intervention in the row over

Ed Miliband has called for cross-party agreement on new media rules to curtail Rupert Murdoch's power. Photograph: Getty Images

phone hacking.

In an exclusive interview with the Observer, the Labour leader calls for cross-party agreement on new media ownership laws that would cut Murdoch’s current market share, arguing that he has “too much power over British public life”.

Miliband says that the abandonment by News International of its bid for BSkyB, the resignation of its chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and the closure of the News of the World are insufficient to restore trust and reassure the public.

The Labour leader argues that current media ownership rules are outdated, describing them as “analogue rules for a digital age” that do not take into account the advent of mass digital and satellite broadcasting.

“I think that we’ve got to look at the situation whereby one person can own more than 20% of the newspaper market, the Sky platform and Sky News,” Miliband said. “I think it’s unhealthy because that amount of power in one person’s hands has clearly led to abuses of power within his organisation. If you want to minimise the abuses of power then that kind of concentration of power is frankly quite dangerous.” Read the rest of this entry »

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Phone hacking – Rebekah Brooks resigns: live coverage

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 15, 2011

Latest updates as the fallout continues from the News of the World phone-hacking scandal

Rebekah Brooks. Photograph: Phil Noble/Reuters

10.09am: Tom Mockridge, the head of Sky Italia, will replace Brooks as chief executive of News International, according to reports.

10.09am: Interesting to compare Brooks’s resignation language:

I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate. This is now detracting attention from all our honest endeavours to fix the problems of the past.

With that of Andy Coulson as he left No 10:

Unfortunately, continued coverage of events connected to my old job at the News of the World has made it difficult for me to give the 110% needed in this role.I stand by what I’ve said about those events but when the spokesman needs a spokesman, it’s time to move on.

10.08am: Here is a longer version of Rebekah Brooks’s resignation statement:

At News International we pride ourselves on setting the news agenda for the right reasons. Today we are leading the news for the wrong ones.

The reputation of the company we love so much, as well as the press freedoms we value so highly, are all at risk.

As chief executive of the company, I feel a deep sense of responsibility for the people we have hurt and I want to reiterate how sorry I am for what we now know to have taken place.

I have believed that the right and responsible action has been to lead us through the heat of the crisis. However my desire to remain on the bridge has made me a focal point of the debate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Rupert Murdoch Under FBI Investigation: News Corp. Reportedly Targeted Over 9/11 Victims Hacking Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 14, 2011


Definitely smells rat.
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Goverment Faces Pressure To Freeze Rupert Murdoch’s BSkyB Takeover

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 11, 2011


Could this endanger Royals?
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‘News Of The World’ Ends 168 Year Run Amid Scandal

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 8, 2011


“James Murdoch, chairman of publishers News Internatio­nal, said the 168-year history of Britain’s best-selli­ng newspaper will come to an end when the final edition is published this Sunday. A spokeswoma­n refused to comment on speculatio­n that The Sun will now be published seven days a week.” Let’s wait until tomorrow
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UK: The day the prime minister was forced to act on phone hacking

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 6, 2011

• Inquiry pledge, but David Cameron and Nick Clegg at odds
• Ministers resist delay to decision on Murdoch BSkyB takeover

David Cameron and Nick Clegg are wrangling over the membership and status of the inquiries that will be held into

David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks at a book launch in 2009. Photograph: Dafydd Jones

illegal phone hacking at the News of the World and wider questions about the future of media regulation.

The prime minister bowed to pressure to hold at least one inquiry, but is resisting calls by Clegg for a judge to take charge.

The differences between Clegg and Cameron came as the government faced calls from across the Commons and from City shareholders to delay its final decision on the proposed takeover of BSkyB by News Corporation.

Jeremy Hunt, the culture secretary, gave the provisional go-ahead for the deal last Friday, subject to a final seven-day consultation over plans to spin off Sky News as a separately listed company to allay plurality fears.

The Labour leader, Ed Miliband, took the momentous step of turning against Rupert Murdoch‘s empire, calling for the resignation of News International‘s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, and demanding the BSkyB decision be referred to the Competition Commission.

“The public will react with disbelief if next week the decision is taken to go ahead with this deal at a time when News International is subject to a major criminal investigation and we do not yet know who charges will be laid against,” he said.

Simon Hughes, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader, said he would ask Ofcom to exercise its right to assess whether the directors of News Corp were “fit and proper” to take full control of BSkyB. Read the rest of this entry »

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