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"Culture of illegal payments" at Murdoch newspaper

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And the hits keep coming for Rupert Murdoch's troubled news empire. This latest charge comes from the head of police investigations into crimes by journalists in the UK. Again, News Corp. is a rogue organization. How can they talk about law and order when they can't follow the law themselves? Hacking into the personal information of individuals and bribing public officials hardly sounds like something a respectable organization would do. The Guardian:

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Sue Akers told the Leveson inquiry that one public official received more than £80,000 in total from the paper, currently edited by Dominic Mohan. Regular "retainers" were apparently being paid to police and others, with one Sun journalist drawing more than £150,000 over the years to pay off his sources. "The cases we are investigating are not ones involving the odd drink, or meal, to police officers or other public officials," she said. "Instead, these are cases in which arrests have been made involving the delivery of regular, frequent and sometimes significant sums of money to small numbers of public officials by journalists." "A network of corrupted officials" was providing the Sun with stories that were mostly "salacious gossip", she said. "There appears to have been a culture at the Sun of illegal payments, and systems have been created to facilitate such payments whilst hiding the identity of the officials receiving the money."

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