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Thursday, July 14, 2011

SHAME OF MEDIA - Milly Dowler Cell Hacking Case: Murdochs defy Parliament in phone hacking probe!

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AP / The Hindu / LONDON, July 14, 2011.

This July 10, 2011 photo shows News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch. The duo have been summoned to testify before a British parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking.
This July 10, 2011 photo shows News Corporation chief Rupert Murdoch and his son James Murdoch. The duo have been summoned to testify before a British parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking - AP.

Media titan Rupert Murdoch and his son James on Thursday refused to appear in public next week before a parliamentary committee investigating phone hacking and bribery by employees of their British media empire, whose chief executive said that she would address the committee.

The chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport committee said it had issued summonses to the Murdochs but it was unclear if Mr. Rupert Murdoch could be compelled to testify because he is a U.S. citizen.

In a letter to the committee, Mr. James Murdoch, the chief of his father’s European and Asian operations, offered to appear in August.

Mr. Rupert Murdoch said he would appear before a separate inquiry initiated by Prime Minister David Cameron and led by a judge, and was willing to discuss alternative ways of providing evidence to Parliament.

News International chief Rebekah Brooks, a British citizen, said that she would appear on Tuesday, chairman John Whittingdale said.


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