Nov 21, 2012

Charges against Brooks, Coulson show Murdoch can’t escape

Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson will face yet more criminal charges over phone-hacking in the UK. News Corporation and Rupert Murdoch won't escape this crisis any time soon.

Paul Barry

Journalist, author and Media Watch host

Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks

Just as The New York Times was telling us Rupert Murdoch has his happy face on again and is bouncing around like a 70-year old, because the BBC is in so much shit, the world’s most powerful media baron has received more bad news: two of his ex-editors at the News of the World, Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, will face yet more criminal charges.

The latest offence they’re fingered for is the payment of large amounts in bribes to public officials to obtain confidential or private information. In Brooks’s case, it is alleged to be 100,000 pounds to a public servant at the Ministry of Defence for a series of articles by The Sun’s lead reporter, John Kay, almost certainly on Afghanistan.

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15 thoughts on “Charges against Brooks, Coulson show Murdoch can’t escape

  1. Pedantic, Balwyn

    It will be interesting to see if The Australian devotes as much effort and real estate to reporting the recent, alleged criminal shenanigans of Ms Brookes and Mr Coulson, as it does for unfounded events seventeen years ago by Ms Gillard.

    Odds on that they don’t; but that the Murdoch Press for you!

  2. Mike Smith

    and that moles in the police, military, government, health and prison services had been all pocketing the Dirty Digger’s cash.

    He’s not a Digger, he’s a Yank. His choice, and I’m glad of it.

  3. Edward James

    Here on Crikey. Subscribers like you may publish your own reports as comments about these sorts of media reports from England. As you hint the reports about our Prime Minister dating back seventeen years ago are unfounded. She can always sue. In the mean time my perceptions of her and her Labor Party nationally is from the top on down, they are just no dam good. The law and the law courts which so many politicians reach for when in a tight corner. Have nothing at all to do with my perceptions based on the way so many labor politicians and their supporters have accommodated identified political sins against the peoples . Edward James

  4. iggy648

    Get a new wig. The red one’s bloody awful!

  5. Madonna

    Firstly, in regards to new allegations (payment of 100,000 pounds to a public servant in the Ministry of Defence).
    If the evidence is substantiated,I don’t see how the ‘powers that be in the upper echelons of the former company’ can avoid another round of questioning. I expect Barristers for the defense are working in overdrive right now.
    Secondly,I feel it’s derogatory to our ADF personnel to associate the term ‘digger’ with ill gotten gain through unethical business practices.

  6. zut alors

    Ah, karma.

    The term ‘digger’ should be used only for WW1 soldiers. The current ADF are not entitled to it, they can coin their own terminology pertinent to contemorary wars.

  7. zut alors

    typo, should read:….contemporary wars

  8. Madonna

    zut alors, I disagree with you and relate the term ‘digger’ to all serving and non serving soldiers who fought for our country. However, you’re entitled to your view and I respect that.

  9. Edward James

    Well is Murdoch a war veteran I doubt it, or are the British media demeaning “digger” by linking it with Murdoch? Edward James

  10. Hugh (Charlie) McColl

    Sorry Zut Alors but Murdoch was dubbed the Dirty Digger by the Poms when he bought into the British press and started page 3 girly pics and the like. Which was actually before he became an American. So while it might be appropriating the name ‘digger’, it’s just using it loosely to describe an Australian and anyway who gives a rats? Anyone is entitled to use any title they like including ‘Sir’, ‘Rev’, ‘Cardinal’ or ‘Eminence’. Or Jesus H. Christ for that matter.

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