May 31, 2012 |
LONDON - The former top media adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron was arrested and charged with perjury Wednesday in the trial of a flamboyant former Scottish lawmaker - the latest case tied to allegations of wrongdoing by British tabloid newspapers. Andy Coulson, 44, was detained by Scottish police at his London home Wednesday morning over an accusation related to testimony he gave in a high-profile case at Glasgow's High Court in 2010, when politician Tommy Sheridan was himself convicted of offering a false account in a legal hearing.
January 29, 2012 |
LONDON - The criminal investigation into British tabloid skullduggery turned full force on a second Rupert Murdoch publication Saturday, with the arrest of four current and former journalists from The Sun on suspicion of bribing police. A serving police officer was also held, and authorities searched the newspaper's offices as part an investigation into illegal payments for information. The arrests spread the scandal over tabloid wrongdoing - which has already shut down one Murdoch paper, the News of the World - to Britain's best-selling newspaper.
September 13, 2011 |
LONDON - A dominatrix's sensational story of sex, cocaine and tabloid wrongdoing has revived questions over the relationship between Rupert Murdoch's scandal-hungry News of the World and Britain's Treasury chief, George Osborne. Former escort boss Natalie Rowe says the tabloid deliberately twisted her claims that she and the Conservative Party politician used to snort cocaine together years ago so that Osborne was not tainted in the scandal. The idea that Osborne - now one of the country's most powerful politicians - could have been deliberately cast in a sympathetic light by a Murdoch paper has raised new questions about whether the now-defunct tabloid was playing favorites.
August 24, 2011
India's PM asks activist to halt fast NEW DELHI - India's prime minister appealed to an anticorruption activist Tuesday to end his weeklong hunger strike, offering to ask Parliament to debate a tougher version of proposed reform legislation. It was Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's first attempt at compromising with Anna Hazare, whose fast has galvanized tens of thousands of Indians and left the government struggling to respond. Hours later, Hazare's key aides began the first round of dialogue with the government's lead negotiator, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.
August 3, 2011 |
LONDON - British police on Tuesday made their 11th arrest in their continuing investigation into phone hacking by the now-shuttered Sunday tabloid the News of the World, owned by the British newspaper arm of Rupert Murdoch's media empire. A 71-year-old, named in media reports as Stuart Kuttner, former managing editor of the News of the World, was arrested on charges of conspiracy to intercept communications and corruption when he voluntarily appeared for questioning at a central London police station.
July 22, 2011
By Mike Hoyt A few years ago, my old boss David Laventhol had an extended conversation with Rupert Murdoch about newspapers. It was after some sort of big-deal journalism dinner, and they talked long after the tired waiters wished they'd go. David had a storied career in newspapers. He helped invent the Style section of the Washington Post when he was a young editor there. He was editor and publisher of Newsday, publisher of the Los Angeles Times, and president of Times Mirror, finishing his career with me at the Columbia Journalism Review.
July 20, 2011
TODAY, the eye of the Rupert Murdoch phone-hacking storm in the United Kingdom moves directly over recently elected Prime Minister David Cameron. Cameron will address a special session of Parliament as officials try to unravel a phone-hacking and bribery scandal at Murdoch's now-defunct tabloid, News of the World . Also, Cameron is expected to face tough questions over his ties to Murdoch and Cameron's hiring of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as a communications chief.
July 19, 2011 |
"It looks like Watergate - except the press are the bad guys," says journalism professor Chris Harper. He's talking about the News of the World scandal in Britain, now engulfing the media empire of Rupert Murdoch and destroying careers right and left. Tuesday, Murdoch, his son James, and former executive Rebekah Brooks face questions before the House of Commons. The whole affair shows, in an increasingly complex and competitive information age, how blurred lines can become between news media and those they cover.
July 12, 2011 |
LONDON - Rupert Murdoch's media empire was besieged Monday by accusations that two more of his British newspapers engaged in hacking, deception, and privacy violations that included accessing former Prime Minister Gordon Brown's bank-account information and stealing the medical records of his seriously ill baby son. Murdoch's reporters were also accused of paying Queen Elizabeth II's bodyguards for secret information about the monarch, potentially jeopardizing...
July 9, 2011 |
LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications chief and an ex-royal reporter were arrested Friday in a phone hacking and police corruption scandal that has already toppled a major tabloid and rattled the cozy relationship between British politicians and the powerful Murdoch media empire. The 168-year-old muckraking tabloid News of the World was shut down Thursday after being engulfed by allegations that its journalists paid police for information and hacked into the phone messages of celebrities, young murder victims, and even the grieving families of dead soldiers.