Britain's tabloids ruined many lives, a judge concludes. Now, he's recommending more oversight.
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November 29, 2012 After a scandal involving the hacking of cellphones and the paying of bribes for information, a judge was asked to sort out the mess and offer recommendations. Now, he's calling for an independent panel that would promote high standards and protect individuals' rights.
Rebekah Brooks, who rose to the top spot at Rupert Murdoch's News International.
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November 20, 2012 The charges are on top of those against many of the same people stemming from the scandal over the hacking of the phones of crime victims, celebrities and members of the royal family.
Rebekah Brooks, who has now been charged in the phone hacking scandal.
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July 24, 2012 One of those being charged went on to be a spokesman for Prime Minister David Cameron. The now defunct News of the World tapped into voicemails of murder victims, celebrities and politicians.
June 26, 2012 Rupert Murdoch's media and entertainment giant confirms it is considering whether to divide its holdings. That would put its slow-growing publishing arms into one unit.
Rebekah Brooks, last Friday in London.
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May 15, 2012 Rebekah Brooks allegedly tried to "pervert the course of justice" last year by seeking to cover up what had been going on at Murdoch's News of the World.
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Rupert Murdoch and his wife, Wendi Deng Murdoch, as they were being driven away from the Royal Courts of Justice following his testimony today in London.
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April 26, 2012 Media mogul Rupert Murdoch testified today that lower-level executives were the ones behind a cover-up of the so-called hacking scandal and that they kept him from knowing about what had happened.
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April 25, 2012 An inquiry continues into the ethics of the British news media, and in particular the actions of some tabloids owned by Murdoch's News Corp.
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James Murdoch, in July 2011.
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April 3, 2012 The hacking scandal that has ripped through Rupert Murdoch's newspapers in the U.K. has now led to son James Murdoch's decision to step down as chairman of the satellite broadcast giant.
July 22, 2011 The latest key development in the U.K.'s "hacking scandal" centers on News Corp. executive James Murdoch (son of Rupert) and claims he misled lawmakers' earlier this week. The younger Murdoch says he did not.
July 21, 2011 A 2006 report spotlighted "blagging" — information obtained by private investigators who pretend to be someone they're not. Several U.K. news outlets used blaggers to get scoops.
June 11, 2011, file photo: Rupert and Wendi Deng Murdoch at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
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July 20, 2011 The head slap seen 'round the world has some in the news media declaring that she did more than anyone else has to boost the News Corp. chief's image.
July 20, 2011 Labor Party leader Ed Milliband says Prime Minister David Cameron was "warned and he preferred to ignore the warnings" about his government's ties to News Corp. executives. Cameron accuses his critics of belonging to the "Slumber Party."
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Rupert Murdoch and his son James during their testimony today in London.
July 19, 2011 The News Corp. chief is taking questions from members of Parliament about the "hacking scandal" that has engulfed some of his U.K. newspapers.
July 19, 2011 News Corp.'s Rupert Murdoch is due to be questioned by members of Parliament. Here's how to see it.
July 18, 2011 As Scotland Yard has been swept up in the story, questions continue to be raised about Prime Minister David Cameron's decisions.
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