News International ‘Deliberately’ Blocked Investigation

By: Vikram Dodd | PaidContent.org

Rupert Murdoch’s News International company has been found by a parliamentary committee to have “deliberately” tried to block a Scotland Yard criminal investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World. The report from MPs on the all-party home affairs committee will be released on Wednesday morning and its publication has been moved forward in time for today’s statement by prime minister David Cameron on the scandal.

The report’s central finding comes a day after Rupert and James Murdoch testified before the culture, media and sport committee. The home affairs committee report marks an official damning judgment on News International’s actions.

It finds the company “deliberately” tried to “thwart” the 2005-6 Metropolitan police investigation into phone hacking carried out by the News of the World.

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