News Corp. Tabloid’s Executive Editor Faces U.K. Bribery Charge
By Jeremy Hodges – Apr 18, 2013 8:37 AM ET
The executive editor at News Corp. (NWSA)’s Sun tabloid will be charged with authorizing bribes to public officials uncovered as part of a wider probe into wrongdoing at the company’s U.K. newspapers.
Fergus Shanahan authorized a journalist to make two payments totaling 7,000 pounds ($10,600) to a public official in exchange for information between 2006 and 2007, the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement.
News Corp. publications in the U.K. have been at the center of criminal investigations of phone hacking and bribery since revelations in 2011 that the company’s News of the World tabloid illegally accessed messages on the mobile phone of a murdered school girl. News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch closed the News of the World in response to the scandal.
The Sun is Britain’s best-selling daily and the main focus of the bribery probe, while the now defunct News of the World is at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal. Shanahan is the 13th person charged as part of the bribery probe, including Sun journalists, police officers and prison guards.
Four former law enforcement officers have been sentenced for as much as two years for giving information to News Corp. U.K. journalists in exchange for bribes.
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