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U.K. LAWMAKERS HURL NEW CHARGES AT NEWS CORP

July 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

Despite protestations by News Corp Deputy COO James Murdoch before one Parliamentary committee on Tuesday that the company wants to be “completely transparent” in its handling of the phone hacking scandal that has engulfed the company, another Parliamentary committee today (Wednesday) accused News International, the British news division that the younger Murdoch oversees, of “deliberately” trying to thwart a police investigation into the hacking. The Scotland Yard probe was conducted in 2005 and 2006, when Andy Coulson edited the News of the World. After later resigning, he was selected by Prime Minister David Cameron to become his director of communications. The report also criticized Scotland Yard for failing to examine evidence that could have implicated other News International employees in the phone-hacking conspiracy, and it accused Deputy Commissioner John Yates of making a “serious misjudgment” when he decided in 2009 not to reopen the investigation. On Monday Yates conceded that he had mishandled the investigation and resigned. The report comes days after Peter Clarke, who led the first investigation by the Yard into phone hacking, also accused News International of attempting to block it. “If at any time News International had offered some meaningful co-operation instead of prevarication and what we now know to be lies, we would not be here today,” he said. In his testimony before the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday, James Murdoch said, “What I’ve done and what the company has tried to do is adjust our course and behave with propriety.”