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Tonight, Channel 4 News' Andy Davies, in conjunction with the investigative team at Exaro
Earlier this year, in a meeting with a group of Sun journalists (most of whom had been arrested by police for allegedly paying public officials, some of them police officers, for information), Rupert Murdoch had been secretly recorded by one of those present.
The full story can be read on the Channel 4 News website, including a video clip of MP Tom Watson and media commenter Steve Hewlett discussing the revelations with Jon Snow.
What we hear gives the lie to the 'humble' description Rupert Murdoch gave of himself and shows his true attitude towards the police and the misdemeanours of which his journalists have been accused.
Further coverage of tonight's events can be found by clicking the links below:
Channel 4 News
Financial Times (£)
The Times (£)
As Tom Watson told Jon Snow, it is to be hoped that the audio recording and transcript are immediately passed to the police!
Updated links to media coverage, July 4th:
- Labour MPs Urge Police to Consider Charging Murdoch After Secret Tape is Released - New Statesman
- Rupert Murdoch Caught on Tape Branding Phone-hacking Police 'Totally Incompetent' - Mail Online
- UK Broadcaster Says Murdoch Criticised Hacking Investigators - New York Times
- BBC News - Rupert Murdoch Secret Tapes: News Corp Defends Head
- Rupert Murdoch Revealed - Tape Exposes the Media Mogul's Real Opinions - Guardian
- Law firm Linklaters bites back! : Linklaters Criticised by Sun Journalists in Secret Murdoch Recording - The Lawyer
- Murdoch Tape: News Corp Boss Vows to Hit Back Over Rebekah Brooks Raid - Guardian
- The Rupert Murdoch Tapes - What We Have Learned - Guardian
The investigation of News Corp is not, as Murdoch claims, about "paying cops for news tips": it is about systemic corruption. The deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan police at the time, Sue Akers, explained early last year: "The cases we are investigating are not ones involving the odd drink, or meal, to police officers or other public officials. Instead, these are cases in which arrests have been made involving the delivery of regular, frequent and sometimes significant sums of money to small numbers of public officials by journalists."
One of the decisive moments consolidating Murdoch's relationship to the Metropolitan police was the use of police as armed strikebreakers in the 86-87 Wapping dispute. Margaret Thatcher herself had assured Murdoch that the police would be at his disposal, and their collusion in breaking the strike required an operation costing £14m.
As the Guardian journalist Nick Davies pointed out, this was never simply a matter of criminality. It was always about power. The networks of collusion, bribery and complicity that began to be established in the Thatcher era are beginning to be unravelled.
- Murdoch Aware of Police Payments From Day 1 - The Age, Business Day. (Australia)
- Rupert Murdoch Caught Saying Tabloid Wrongdoing 'Next to Nothing' - Hamilton Spectator