The Scotland Yard investigation of phone hacking and bribery at Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers in England resulted in the arrest of four journalists, bringing the total number of those arrested to 13 since the corruption was first reported last July.
The bust came as a result of cooperation from the Management and Standards Committee established by Murdoch’s News Corp, which has worked to disinfect the company’s other holdings in the wake of the scandal.
The phone hacking charges last summer caused the disgraceful closing of Murdoch’s News of the World.
Among Murdoch’s holdings in the United States are Fox News and the New York Post.
The four journalists all were employed or formerly employed by Britain’s best-selling newspaper The Sun, Reuters reported.
"News Corporation made a commitment last summer that unacceptable news gathering practices by individuals in the past would not be repeated," a statement released by the committee, and published by Reuters, said.
Police searched the London offices of publisher News International, News Corp’s subsidiary in England, as part of the probe into suspected payments by newspapermen to police.
A 29-year-old police officer was also arrested on suspicion of corruption under Operation Elveden, the official name of the investigation.
"Today's operation is the result of information provided to police by News Corporation's Management and Standards Committee,” a statement by police confirmed. “It relates to suspected payments to police officers and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."
According to ABC Melbourne, the BBC and Guardian confirmed the arrested journalists were Fergus Shanahan, a former deputy editor for The Sun, Graham Dudman, a former managing editor; Chris Pharo, the current news chief; and current crime editor Mike Sullivan.
ABC also reported that staff at the Sun received an email from the chief executive of News International, Tom Mockridge, noting that the company had provided legal support to the arrested journalists. A copy of the email was obtained by The Guardian.
It said: "Despite this very difficult news, we are determined that News International will emerge a stronger and more trusted organization.”
—JOE GREENE, NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM