Jul 9, 2009

What News won’t tell you about their hush-money payout

Murdoch's News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases over journalists' involvement in criminal methods to dig dirt on politicians and celebrities. Don't expect to read about it in The Oz...

Glenn Dyer — <em>Crikey</em> business and media commentator

Glenn Dyer

Crikey business and media commentator

Here’s one story you won’t read anywhere in the News Ltd papers, especially the media section of The Australian. It’s also a story you’d never have heard News Ltd executive chairman John Hartigan refer to his his National Press Club address last week. You won’t read any reference to it in the News Ltd-inspired “Right To Know” coalition that News wants to use to supplant the Press Council. But if it had involved papers at another group, or Crikey, or Fairfax, then News Ltd papers would have been all over the story. This is what the Guardian says:

Rupert Murdoch’s News Group Newspapers has paid out more than £1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of his journalists’ repeated involvement in the use of criminal methods to get stories.

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