US Justice Dept drops case against News Corp in phone-hacking scandal

MUMBAI: Rupert Murdoch's company News Corp will not be prosecuted in the US over the phone-hacking scandal that the company was involved in the UK.


An enquiry was made into whether the alleged payments to the British police by News Corp journalists meant that the company broke anti-corruption laws in the US.


However, the US Department of Justice has said that it was not pursuing charges and was closing its investigation.


In a joint statement issued by 21st Century Fox and News Corp; News Corp general counsel and 21st Century Fox senior executive vice president and group general counsel, chief compliance officer Gerson Zweifach said, “21st Century Fox and News Corp have been notified by the United States Department of Justice that it has completed its investigation of voicemail interception and payments to public officials in London, and is declining to prosecute either company. We are grateful that this matter has been concluded and acknowledge the fairness and professionalism of the Department of Justice throughout this investigation.”


News Corp’s tabloid newspaper in the UK, News of the World closed down in 2011 after the scandal broke.

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