Rupert Murdoch is to be invited to appear before a parliamentary committee for a fresh grilling over alleged illegal payments to public officials by the Sun newspaper.
MPs on the Commons culture, media and sport select committee, which quizzed the media tycoon and his son James two years ago about the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, voted on Tuesday to ask him to return in the autumn to answer questions over a meeting he had with more than 20 Sun journalists who have been arrested in connection with alleged unlawful payments to police and other public officials for stories.
In the meeting in March, he was secretly recorded saying the culture of paying police officers for stories “existed at every newspaper in Fleet Street. Long since forgotten. But absolutely.” He said it was part of the “culture of Fleet Street” and had existed long before the Sun journalists had been arrested.
July 9, 2013 // 17:33 // 9 months ago