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Rupert Murdoch's Meeting With Sun Employees
A protestor dressed as Rupert Murdoch during a February 2012 protest in London, England.  ©Dan Kitwood/Getty Images
A protestor dressed as Rupert Murdoch during a February 2012 protest in London, England. ┬ęDan Kitwood/Getty Images

On March 6, 2013, News Corporation founder Rupert Murdoch and members of The Sun's leadership met with around two dozen Sun journalists, all of whom had been arrested during a police investigation into illegal practices at The Sun and other News Corporation publications. The meeting, at The Sun's headquarters in London, was secretly taped and leaked to the public online, as well as handed to the police.

The arrests occurred in relation to multiple investigations sparked by a scandal at another News International paper, News of the World, which was caught hiring people to hack into the phones of newsworthy people, including royals, celebrities, politicians and 13-year-old kidnap and murder victim Milly Dowler. There were also allegations that they deleted some of Dowler's voice mail to make way for new messages, causing confusion in the investigation into her disappearance. News of the World, which had operated since 1843, was shut down over the scandal, while investigations into similar practices at several papers began. Nearly a hundred arrests were made, and it turned out The Sun and other publications were apparently handing over substantial amounts of money to certain public officials on a regular basis.

Murdoch's comments during the meeting, rather than denying wrongdoing, seemed to confirm that bribery of public officials went on as a matter of course in the news business, saying, " ... I don't know of anybody, or anything, that did anything that wasn't being done across Fleet Street and wasn't the culture. And we're being picked on." To a journalist's question regarding the working practices having been inherited, Murdoch said, "We're talking about payments for news tips from cops. That's been going on a hundred years, absolutely. You didn't instigate it." In the course of the conversation, Murdoch also said, "It's the biggest inquiry ever, over next to nothing," [source: Hencke].

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