Feb 28, 2012

Police reveal ‘culture of illegal payments’ at Murdoch’s Sun

Crikey media wrap: The Murdoch-owned UK Sun tabloid is embroiled in an illegal government official payment scandal, the head of police investigations into journalistic behaviour told the Levenson Inquiry.

Amber Jamieson — Freelance journalist in New York

Amber Jamieson

Freelance journalist in New York

The Murdoch-owned UK Sun tabloid is embroiled in an illegal government official payment scandal, after the head of police investigations into journalistic behaviour told the Levenson Inquiry of a culture of illegal payments to corrupted officials.


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18 thoughts on “Police reveal ‘culture of illegal payments’ at Murdoch’s Sun

  1. paddy

    Watching Sue Akers giving evidence last night, was “jaw dropping” stuff.
    Even Leveson himself looked awed.
    Stuff qanda. This was definitely the best show in town.

  2. drmick

    Paddy this could not possibly be happening here could it? In amongst all the mining money, tobacco money, oil and gas money and big business money; surely the party of No, the loser and the rest of the Public Service Grench type people would not be able to hide mordoch cheques as well?
    I`ve always said we have the best police force money can buy, and big business has always known they have a party with benefits, but once the FBI gets involved we will never know the truth.

  3. Mike Flanagan

    It is interesting to watch how Rupert left James in the USA and brought Lachlan as his walking crotch.
    It seems a lot of Rupert disreputable strategies are coming home to bite him on the only piece of his anatomy pointing to the earth.
    He first of all denied it all happened with the aid of James, and under oath, and then proceeded to thwart the Police abilty to demand, under legal writ, his files by offering “co-operation” That strategy is now falling apart as we discover that his ‘co-operation’ is but a facade to allow him and his minions to endeavor to affect a cover-up.
    This man and his male offspring have no idea of the what constitutes the truth and no respect for business or public ethics.
    The queation that each of the nations in which he tries to politically influence and determine who should occupy their treasury benches is, IS HE FIT TO OPERATE SUCH AN IMPORTANT PART OF THE DEMOCRATIC PROCESSES.
    And the answer has to be a resounding NO!

  4. hernando garcia

    i was thinking before that next to politicians, journalists would have to be one of the least trusted profession out there. at least in popular tabloid media. and yet they take themselves so seriously as to be virtually above reproach.

  5. Mike Flanagan

    Hernando Garcia.
    The journalist craft used to be only topped by the medical profession in the alchoholic stakes.
    Now they also compete with secondhand car salesmen and insurance agents in the credibity stakes.
    Maybe one is the results of the other precedence.

  6. Karen

    @ Mike Flanagan – +2 – well said – to think that so much media here rests in his hands and how deeply that influences voting patterns here. Its now down to basically, unless Mr M supports you, he brings you down.

    Agree with you too, Hernando – +1

  7. Mike Flanagan

    Everyone shoudl take the time to read The Independant’s coverage of the NI settlement of the Charlotte Church case.
    This young lass, with a superb Welsh voice, has had to put her career on hold to refute a bevy of 25 lawyers Murdoch arranged against her and her efforts to get the truth of what his media had published about her and her family. Most of which was both lies and illegally sourced by Rupert and James Murdoch’s disgusting organisation.
    We are, unfortunely, all poorer from that instance and that can be attributed directly to Murdoch’s illegal and unethical standards and practice.

  8. Mack the Knife

    “Not, I believe, for financial gain, but for the enhancement of their reputation and for the sheer enjoyment of being in a position to share and divulge confidences.”

    I guess she didn’t notice the number of police that transferred their careers to NI.

    And this is the man that’s pushing Tony Abbott and his merry band into the government benches with no scrutiny and no treasury costed policies.

    It’s about time he and his company are not fit and proper to have anything to do with Australia and its media services. Trouble is he has an iron grip on EVERYONE in our parliament(s)

  9. Frank Campbell

    Arrest Murdoch.

    Charge? A lifetime of sleaze and corruption.

    Sentence? Cleaning public toilets (full time) for the remainder of his unnatural life.

  10. Nick the Hippy

    Frank Cambell,
    cleaning public toilets. He might bump into Alan Jones.

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