News Corporation and Phone Hacking – Final Report

This document from the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee provides evidence of the extent of phone tapping by the News Corporation and how the higher-ups in the company knew about it, contrary to their protestations. One of the Committee’s conclusions reads thusly: “Corporately, the News of the World and News International misled the Committee about the true nature and extent of the internal investigations they professed to have carried out in relation to phone hacking …. Their instinct throughout, until it was too late, was to cover up rather than seek out wrongdoing and discipline the perpetrators, as they also professed they would do after the criminal convictions. In failing to investigate properly, and by ignoring evidence of widespread wrongdoing, News International and its parent News Corporation exhibited wilful blindness, for which the companies’ directors—including Rupert Murdoch and James Murdoch—should ultimately be prepared to take responsibility.”(84) Because of the compexity of these hearings, a who’s who of the participants begins on page 86; this is in turn followed by a lengthy timeline dating back to 2000 starting on page 90. A review of these hearings and their outcome can be read at The New York Times, Columbia Journalism Review, Poynter Institute, Press Gazette, BBC (with a very informative Q&A section), and The Guardian.

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