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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Ex-News International chief Rebekah Brooks is arrested

The crisis surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s UK newspaper empire has just deepened in a very big way.

The BBC reports:

Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has been arrested by police investigating phone hacking and bribery at the News of the World.

She was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption.

More on the arrest of Rebekah Brooks over at The First Post.

UPDATE: In another dramatic development, Britain's most senior police officer, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson has just resigned.

The BBC reports:

 Sir Paul has faced criticism for hiring former News of the World executive Neil Wallis - who was questioned by police investigating hacking - as an adviser.

1 comment:

Douglas said...

Professor Glenn Reynolds, also known as Instapundit, writes...

What it [the Murdoch scandal] is, in the United States, is media battlespace preparation, trying to neutralize Fox News between now and the 2012 election.

In the fall of 2009, President Obama launched a war against the Fox News Channel, attempting to delegitimize it as a news outlet. The rest of America rejected this blatant attack on freedom of the press, and the war against Fox News ended without a whimper. However, even though this scandal has nothing I know of to do with Fox News Channel, it will most likely be used to impugn their credibility.

Professor Reynolds also wrote...

In Britain, it’s also about ensuring the reduction of alternative power centers.

My local newspaper, the Star-Tribune, had this headline on the front page on Monday, July 18

Britain's top cop quits as hacking probe grows.

I hereby confess that I'm not all that informed about this scandal, as I'm a little nervous about America's impending default.