British police arrest 5 in tabloid bribery probe


British police arrested four current and former journalists from Rupert Murdoch’s The Sun and one active police officer suspected of being involved in illegal payments for information, according to news reports.

A team from Scotland Yard also searched Murdoch’s flagship British tabloid Saturday after the arrests in an attempt to intensify the police investigation. The Sun faces similar scrutiny that befell its sister paper, News of the World, and led its eventual shutdown.

The New York Times reported

“Police investigations of wrongdoing at The News of the World, involving the illegal hacking of cellphone voice mail messages and the bribery of police officers for leaking confidential information, have led to the arrest of more than a dozen reporters, editors, executives and others who worked for that paper.”

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News Corp. confirmed that all four were current or former Sun employees and said it would "continue to give its total support to the continued work of the MSC (management and standards committee) and to ensure that legitimate journalism is vigorously pursued in both the public interest and in full compliance with the law".

While investigators did not release the names of the four arrested journalists. the BBC identified them as former managing editor Graham Dudman, former deputy editor Fergus Shanahan, current head of news Chris Pharo and crime editor Mike Sullivan.

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Thirteen people have now been arrested in the bribery investigation including Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of Murdoch's News International; former News of the World editor and Prime Minister David Cameron’s former communications chief Andy Coulson; and journalists from the News of the World and The Sun, according to the Associated Press

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