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In James Murdoch‘s lengthy statement regarding the shuttering of News of the World he admits that News Corp made false statements to British Parliament.The paper made statements to Parliament without being in the full possession of the facts. This was wrong.
The Company paid out-of-court settlements approved by me. I now know that I did not have a complete picture when I did so. This was wrong and is a matter of serious regret.
Murdoch also suggests there are more criminal charges forthcoming.
In 2006, the police focused their investigations on two men. Both went to jail. But the News of the World and News International failed to get to the bottom of repeated wrongdoing that occurred without conscience or legitimate purpose…As a result, the News of the World and News International wrongly maintained that these issues were confined to one reporter. We now have voluntarily given evidence to the police that I believe will prove that this was untrue and those who acted wrongly will have to face the consequences.
Currently, there are two major and ongoing police investigations. We are cooperating fully and actively with both. You know that it was News International who voluntarily brought evidence that led to opening Operation Weeting and Operation Elveden. This full cooperation will continue until the Police’s work is done.
The contrite statement suggest the company is hoping that by admitting all their wrongdoings upfront (better late than never?) they may escape the full public inquiry British lawmakers were calling for yesterday.
Here’s what Murdoch doesn’t mention: Rebekah Brooks.
Rupert Murdoch has so far remained notably loyal to Brooks in the face of calls for her resignation, and has said she will continue to run the company. Brooks was head of News of the World when the hackings took place and and since gone on to run News International, Murdoch’s British newspaper subsidiary.
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