By Robert Stevens:
More evidence of criminality by Murdoch’s media empire
30 September 2011
Fresh evidence has emerged on the extent of criminality surrounding Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World tabloid and its relations with London’s Metropolitan Police (Met).
Last week, the Daily Telegraph reported that the former Deputy Editor of the News of the World, Neil Wallis, was being secretly paid more than £25,000 for supplying News International with “crime exclusives” whilst he was working for the Met. For his so-called “consultancy work” with the Met involving two days a month, Wallis was paid £24,000.
Wallis’ employment by the Met led in July to the resignation of then-Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and his deputy, Assistant Commissioner John Yates. In their initial testimony to parliament’s home affairs select committee in July, neither Stephenson nor Yates revealed the fact that Wallis had been a paid consultant.
An unnamed MP told the Observer newspaper at the time, “We were assured that Yates and Stephenson weren’t taking money from the journalists. What we didn’t know was that the journalists were taking money from the cops.”
Wallis was among a small number of former News of the World senior figures, who were arrested in July by the Met and released without charge. He was arrested on suspicion of intercepting phone messages.
Campaign grows to oust Murdoch. Shareholder service advises ousting Rupert Murdoch, two sons and 10 other directors from NewsCorp board: here.
News International boss to face MPs
PHONE-HACKING: Former News International executive chairman Les Hinton is to give further evidence to a parliamentary committee investigating allegations of phone-hacking at the News of the World.
US resident Mr Hinton will be questioned by the Commons culture, media and sport committee via videolink on October 24.
He is expected to be asked about the period during which payments were made to News of the World royal correspondent Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire.
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