Mar 14, 2012

Rundle: the Brooks go to jail, and Murdoch’s problems get worse

Six people, including former News International head Rebekah Brooks, have now been arrested in Britain.

Six people, including former News International head Rebekah Brooks, have been arrested in Britain, on a variety of charges arising from the News International phone-hacking scandal. Brooks is charged with “attempting to pervert the course of justice”.

Brooks is already on bail having been charged with “suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and on suspicion of corruption allegations” in July last year. The arrests yesterday are more serious — “perversion of the course of justice’ is a life-sentence crime.

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7 thoughts on “Rundle: the Brooks go to jail, and Murdoch’s problems get worse

  1. Andybob

    Media licensees must, of course, be fit and proper persons.
    ‘Fit’ meaning able to walk unassisted to the committee table and tell lies without the aid of a breathing apparatus and ‘proper’ meaning able to avoid overpaying the police so as not to unduly inflate the price of bribery.

  2. Kevin Herbert

    It’s 8.58pm..and not one comment save for mine on this amaaaaaaaaaaazing development

  3. Graeme Orr

    I don’t want to defend the indefensible. But your Guy who writes so brilliantly on US politics and culture may be mistaking some legal basics. According to the Grauniad, Brooks is yet to be charged with anything:

    Arrested on ‘suspicion’ is not yet ‘charged’ in the sense of formally accused, to face committal.

    Still, let the glacier of justice slowly grind …

  4. sickofitall

    2 hours 50 minutes later: Brooks is finished. What could she do? They don’t want Murdoch – he’d get off. His power is gone. He can barely stay credible in a backwater like Australia. Brooks – gone.

  5. Puff, the Magic Dragon.

    Stunned into silence?

  6. sottile6

    Doesn’t it make you wonder about the Federal police and the NSW police and News Ltd in Australia? How do we know there are no payments for information going on here? Did we all learn nothing from Fitzgerald? How do we know that some political leaks are not from phone taps? During the Fitzgerald inquiry the complicity of the media in government corruption was pointed out by the commissioner. Some of these facts are conveniently forgotten. Perhaps the Murdochs learned a lot of their craft at home.

  7. Edward James

    @ Kevin I read about this early Tuesday in an Irish Newspaper, because I expected more information there. Brooks husband is identified as a good friend of the Prime Minister of Britain. @ Sottile6 I have not forgotton Fitzgerald though back then I had no real interest in governance and political sins against the peoples. I am sick of the blow by blow instalments! I have no doubt much of what went on in Britian with NoTW was mirrored in some way here. My own experience is enough for me to know our media and politicians fall a long way short of the often promoted ideal. What is the comfortable arrangements which result in certain media interest with the capacity to influence being given drops and ride alongs. While independents are simply ignored by police media. There is enough grist for the political mill in Australia where abuse of power and influence peddling is alive and well. Edward James

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