Of Rupert Murdoch, British Politicians, Police & Rotten Apples

Rebekah Brooks

The New Yorker sums up the murky media Mughal Murdoch scandal thus: “Rupert Murdoch and his people have claimed that the newspaper scandal in London was caused by a few rotten apples. Now that a very large apple, Rebekah Brooks, has been arrested, it is clear that it is the entire barrel that is rotten.” Brooks is a former News International chief. Meanwhile London’s police chief resigned last night, putting more pressure on prime minister David Cameron over his personal links to the phone hacking scandal.

The former Murdoch chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, has been bailed after being arrested on charges of conspiring to intercept communications and corruption, thought to be related to payments to police. The former head of News International was released at midnight local time (9am AEST), 12 hours after she was arrested by appointment at a London police station, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement. More here…

The 43 year-old Brooks is the 10th person arrested since the Metropolitan Police re-opened its phone-hacking probe in January. She is the most high-profile News International figure to have been arrested so far. The arrest of Mrs Brooks, who has worked for the British arm of the Murdoch media empire for more than 20 years, raises the possibility that James Murdoch, Rupert Murdoch’s son, could also be required to meet police overseeing the phone-hacking inquiry. See here…

Meanwhile Sir Paul Stephenson resigned as Metropolitan Police Commissioner over phone hacking scandal More here...

In the United States, News Corp., as an American company, will, among other things, have to explain whether it has violated the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act … More here….

Here’s the latest: Murdoch’s Wall Street Journal hits back at the BBC and the Guardian … See here…

Why is American mainstream media not taking much interest in this ongoing scandal? Murdoch scandal accounted for 53% of links on Twitter, but only 6% of mainstream coverage…” See here….

Other insinuations against mainstream media … here…

By the way, have you read this: “RUPERT MURDOCH – A PORTRAIT OF SATAN” … See here…

And this… “Don’t let the politicians turn the British press into an American-style lapdog of the Establishment” … see here…

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Author: SWARAAJ CHAUHAN, International Columnist

Swaraaj Chauhan describes his two-decade-long stint as a full-time journalist as eventful, purposeful, and full of joy and excitement. In 1993 he could foresee a different work culture appearing on the horizon, and decided to devote full time to teaching journalism (also, partly, with a desire to give back to the community from where he had enriched himself so much.) Alongside, he worked for about a year in 1993 for the US State Department's SPAN magazine, a nearly five-decade-old art and culture monthly magazine promoting US-India relations. It gave him an excellent opportunity to learn about things American, plus the pleasure of playing tennis in the lavish American embassy compound in the heart of New Delhi. In !995 he joined WWF-India as a full-time media and environment education consultant and worked there for five years travelling a great deal, including to Husum in Germany as a part of the international team to formulate WWF's Eco-tourism policy. He taught journalism to honors students in a college affiliated to the University of Delhi, as also at the prestigious Indian Institute of Mass Communication where he lectured on "Development Journalism" to mid-career journalists/Information officers from the SAARC, African, East European and Latin American countries, for eight years. In 2004 the BBC World Service Trust (BBC WST) selected him as a Trainer/Mentor for India under a European Union project. In 2008/09 He completed another European Union-funded project for the BBC WST related to Disaster Management and media coverage in two eastern States in India --- West Bengal and Orissa. Last year, he spent a couple of months in Australia and enjoyed trekking, and also taught for a while at the University of South Australia. Recently, he was appointed as a Member of the Board of Studies at Chitkara University in Chandigarh, a beautiful city in North India designed by the famous Swiss/French architect Le Corbusier. He also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students there. He loves trekking, especially in the hills, and never misses an opportunity to play a game of tennis. The Western and Indian classical music are always within his reach for instant relaxation. And last, but not least, is his firm belief in the power of the positive thought to heal oneself and others.