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Pilkington reports: "Rupert Murdoch faces a growing legal challenge in the heart of his global media empire as lawyers representing alleged victims of phone hacking on US soil begin gathering evidence ahead of possible court action."

Rupert Murdoch's Fox News is in danger of becoming a part of the NewsCorp phone-hacking scandal. (photo: Reuters)
Rupert Murdoch's Fox News is in danger of becoming a part of the NewsCorp phone-hacking scandal. (photo: Reuters)

Fox News May Be Implicated in Murdoch Hacking Scandal

By Ed Pilkington, Guardian UK

20 April 12


upert Murdoch faces a growing legal challenge in the heart of his global media empire as lawyers representing alleged victims of phone hacking on US soil begin gathering evidence ahead of possible court action.

Mark Lewis, the English lawyer who has been a driving force behind phone-hacking revelations in the UK, and his American legal partner Norman Siegel, have revealed that they have been approached by at least 10 people bearing complaints relating to Murdoch's News Corporation.

The complaints relate largely to alleged hacking by News of the World journalists into phones in the US, but also extend to other News Corp holdings including Fox News.

Lewis said that he had been contacted by a number of people since he arrived in the US last weekend "raising issues against other [News Corp] titles or Fox News, not necessarily about hacking but about other untoward dark arts to obtain information that should be private." He added that the new complaints were unproven allegations.

Lewis told reporters that he had taken on a fourth case of alleged phone hacking in the US. Previously, it had been known that he was representing three individuals, one of whom is an American citizen and two of whom are Europeans who believe their phones were hacked while visiting America.

In addition, Siegel, a former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union, said he had been contacted by six individuals raising complaints about News Corp outlets. "My experience in these sorts of cases is that when people sense you are serious and balanced in your approach, they begin to come out of the woodwork," he said.

The lawyers are refusing to name the four firm cases of alleged phone hacking inside America they are pursuing, saying that to identify them would be to further breach their privacy. So far all that is known of the original three is that one is a soccer figure, another from Hollywood and a third an American.

Lewis and Siegel said they had begun to compile evidence relating to the cases, and lawsuits could flow when they were ready. At the heart of the three initial cases are notes kept by Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective used by News of the World to carry out illegal hacking of the phones of potentially thousands of people.

Lewis claimed he had "substantial and substantiated" evidence relating to Mulcaire's notes that pointed to phone hacking on US soil between the years 2001 and 2006.

News Corporation said only that they had "no comment" on Lewis's American visit, but the stakes are potentially very high for the company. Both federal and individual state law takes a severe view of alleged hacking into a person's stored communications.

Under federal law, an individual who violates telecoms privacy for the purposes of commercial advantage can face five years in prison, or 10 years for a subsequent offence. Civil courts can also set damages measured against the profits gained by the violators.

Punitive damages can be imposed on any person or company found guilty of "wilful or intentional" violations of the law.

The new legal challenges may have particularly serious implications for James Murdoch, Rupert's youngest son, who recently relocated to New York from London, where he was chairman of the beleaguered UK newspaper group News International. Lewis indicated that he was exploring the possibility of deposing the younger Murdoch should any of the cases come to court.

"James Murdoch is now in the US rather than in England, and we have to look at that," Lewis said. "It becomes relevant to all sorts of issues in respect to knowledge in terms of punitive damages."

Asked whether Rupert Murdoch might also be deposed, he replied: "You go whereever the evidence takes you. We don't rule anything in or out."

Both Murdochs have been called to give evidence at the Leveson inquiry into phone hacking and media ethics in London next week. your social media marketing partner


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+144 # pernsey 2012-04-20 15:11
Im hoping the Murdochs and Fox News go down in a blaze. Both are crooked and are liars, they both need to be gone. Do I seriously think they will...nope. Do I seriously want them to be? You betcha!
-68 # Daniel1 2012-04-21 12:54
Are you serious? What about George Soros and his funding of the left wing? As per your post, he is also crooked and a liar, in fact he has been charged and convicted of stock fraud in Europe and was fined the largest fine ever in the history of any European country. Yet I dont see you saying one thing about the money he is spending on left wing causes. You either want all this money out, or none as you cannot pick and choose which one you will accept.
+17 # Tigre1 2012-04-22 11:24
Daniel 1...why are you going for the lowest common denominator? don't you agree that EVIL is EVIL, and you want to excuse your chosen side's EVIL by pointing and attempting to distract by saying, looky, you/they/them do it too?

Do you realize what an EVIL half-vast gradeschool argument that is?

Please tell me you do...and soon, too.
-10 # Daniel1 2012-04-22 19:15
No, I am just saying that if you are going to condemn one side of the argument, then you must condemn both sides or end up looking hypocritical. You Tigre1 can condemn Fox and Murdock all you like as can pernsey. But in doing so you must condemn the other side (Soros) as well or it blows your whole point apart. If it was left up to me BOTH Soros and Murdock would be banned from doing anything like what they are doing. Neither is a US citizen And Soros, unlike Murdock so far; is a convicted felon in Europe and under US law that is suppose to stop him from donating to or funding any cause with a political bent. As such my argument is neither "gradeschool" nor "half-vased" as you try to imply. It is based on logic and the law of the United States. Nothing more and nothing less. Why is this seemingly so difficult to understand?
+61 # Virginia 2012-04-20 23:41
This is what happens when we have foreign ownership in our broadcast about birther issues...foreig n entities should not be allowed to control our media. The Communication Act of 1934, as amended has been bastardized by the same people that brought you this Depression.
+36 # Gibbous 2012-04-21 01:30
Why am I not surprised about any of this?
Thank you Lewis, Seigel, Mulcaire, et all for bringing this out of the nether regions and into the light of day.
+38 # kitster 2012-04-21 03:27
unfortunately, old man murdoch is so rich he's above the law. he'll throw all his lackeys, including his son, under the bus to save his own butt. and we're to believe a control freak like ruppert didn't know a thing?

maybe roger ailes will be pilloried. wait'll the "flame-stream" media (like you basic supermarket, check-out line fare)gets a load of this.

it couldn't happen to nicer, faux folks. i can't wait 'til bill o'reilly takes the stand.
+8 # Tigre1 2012-04-22 11:21
And all the connections to the wrongwing conspiracy...Ko ch, founder and funder of the Tputzes, for instance.

Please note: I don't opine that Tputzes are INTENTIONALLY subversive and traitorous.

I believe that most of them think they are patriotic. A also believe they are mostly ignorant or dumb, but 've only met a hundred or so.

I DO believe that if the Tputzes ever learn...or figure what dastardly uses they have been put, they will hang Limpy and Koch and quite a few others.

Although I favor guillotines for traitors.
+29 # HooverBush 2012-04-21 05:12
Fox Noise should only be allowed South of the Mason-Dixon line. For the Morons who believe their BS.
+10 # m... 2012-04-21 05:52
Gee Wilikers Beaver...!
I almost feel Surprised...!
-82 # Robt Eagle 2012-04-21 06:32
Wow, doing investigative journalism is not appropriate if it uncovers the left's bad is only good investigative journalism if it finds bad things from the right and conservatives. It is ok to call all conservative women journalists and politicians sluts, but if someone makes any comment about a left learning journalist it is FOX New's fault. Seems to me that this article has no substance, but a lot of accusatory rhetoric. How about the truth and proof, not just an innuendo that Fox News is implicated in some nebulus assertion?
+53 # pernsey 2012-04-21 08:00
Why is Robt, when the left does something your so eager to call names and blame, but when the right does something its excusable?
-54 # Robt Eagle 2012-04-21 09:55
pernsey, never said anything done wrong is inexcusable. But on this site, all articles are from the left...duh!!! Besides, truth is the only thing that matters and on this site, no one looks for truth, just their take on balming the right and especially GW Bush and his administration.
+52 # genierae 2012-04-21 10:34
Mr. Eagle, you say that "truth is the only thing that matters", and yet it is a fact that the only way that Republicans can get elected these days is to suppress, distort and demonize the truth. If the whole truth about the GOP's intentions and activities were known by all Americans, there would be NO MORE Republicans elected to any government office anywhere. Since you say that "truth is the only thing that matters", I'm sure that you will agree with my statement. Best regards.
+31 # paulrevere 2012-04-21 13:00
Mister Robt Eagle...please answer the query of genierae...I'm curious as to your take...always looking for perspective.

Also concerning left vs right, in general dialogue, the left lacks the prominence of manipulators of psychology and verbiage like Frank Luntz and Karl Rove...what is your take on their very public admissions and admonitions of changing the very language and thinking of the American political dialogue using twists like SSI, social security INSURANCE, becoming an 'entitlement', implying that I/we should be getting nothing from that social security insurance pool we all have paid into our entire working lives?

Just one example of how dishonesty in thought and expression reigns on the right.

Seriously Robert Eagle, I and I'm sure most commenters here are curious as to your take...ey?
+13 # jes7444 2012-04-22 10:55
You have to wonder if people like Eagle know what is going on but the bottomline is to be 'right', regardless of what the truth is..they are willing to go down with the ship just to be right..Gov.Walk er of Wisconsin is taking a hit for doing the business of the Koch Bros..I wonder if Walker really thinks it was all worth it! That is unless the Koch's, are taking care of him financially!!!
+32 # pernsey 2012-04-21 10:58
I can see the truth, and the republican spin machine aint it!

George Bush is to blame, he ruined this country!!
+29 # pernsey 2012-04-21 11:18
Being condescending doesnt mean your right.

I look for the truth, but I know Im not going to find it watching Fox News or following the republicans.
+2 # X Dane 2012-04-24 19:05
Pernsey, I am glad to read your comment, I have not seen them lately, but I can see that you are in fine form, and I despise Fox just as much as you and most of the writers here.

It is disgusting to hear all the crap they serve up. I see smaller clips of the programs on other shows, for watching an entire program would make me violently ill, and I might kick in the screen on my TV.

I hope your health is good. I am grateful to you for the tip about the Prickly Pear juice. I enjoy it very much.
+7 # Tigre1 2012-04-22 11:16
Robbed Eagle...really, "Balming"? dude, just what did you mean? can you spell, or did you mean, in a sly sophisticated left-handed way, mean,,,"balming "...or just what DID you mean?

By the way, 'to balm' probably means to put a healing ointment on a wound...perhaps a decent metaphor...but methinks most of us would rather use 'BOMB', particularly on Bush's works in undermining America.

Just wondering if you had any idea of what you meant, or if you were a reep or TPutz...?
+30 # ABen 2012-04-21 11:51
Eagle, perhaps you should re-examine the concept of journalism and the sub-topic of "yellow press." While there are some credible news programs on Fox, most of what passes for news is simply agenda driven commentary--fix ed Noise. I watch some of Fox as well as MSNBC and CNN. While all three have their strengths and weakness, the selective misquoting, prevarication, Ad Hominem attacks and flat out lying--facts be damned--is exponentially greater on Fox than on MSNBC and CNN combined.
+46 # PatriotPaul 2012-04-21 07:18
Can you imagine if the roles were reversed and some progressive news outlet was engaged in this same scandal. Do you really think Fox "News" would excuse the fact that their subsidiary in a foreign country would have no bearing on the CEO or the other parts of the company? Can you see Bill O'Reilly and the others just excusing guilt by association? Really.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"
+27 # ArizonaMildman 2012-04-21 09:36
They constantly lie and slander anyone who doesn't agree with Roger Ailes in order to try to defame and discredit anyone who isn't a right wing bigot. Ailes and Glen Beck are both users of vailed AntiSemitic attacks and they feel that all Jews and most American blacks are liberal so Jews and blacks are under attack constantly by Fox News with the description of Liberal. Anyone who hasn't figured out that racist code isn't paying attention. Murdoch comes from Australia, a rich white man in Australia (in a time when Africa and Australia were living under the reign of British Imperialists, therefore divided on color) who grew up living with a father who was the king of "tabloid news", a tradition he carries forward. Making up news instead of reporting it. He hacks into phones for the chance to get a "scoop" supposedly, but what they want to do is head off any attack on their right wing agenda with a counter attack before it starts with their own propaganda machine. I hope these shameless bigots get fined out of business or made to become legitimate news. Fox News likes to talk to American audiences about Al Jazeera being a Muslim propaganda while secretly being their business partner and co conspirator in rumor mongering. Al Jazeera has a better reputation but guess what their tag line is? You got it - "Fair and Balanced". Fox's should read "Far Right and Biased".
-33 # Daniel1 2012-04-21 13:00
And how is this any different then all the false accusations you have made here? Why is it when someone on the left does something you ignore it, like convicted criminal George Soros....(who was tried and found guilty of stock fraud in Europe) yet whatever he does seems ok? My what a rose colored world you must live in.
0 # X Dane 2012-04-24 18:20
Daniel, Soros may be guilty of wrong doing in regard to stocks, an awful lot of others are too. Personally I think the only ones who REALLY make money in the stock market are the ones with inside knowledge.

What Murdoch and Fox does, is LIE and DISTORT the dialog in this country, and England too. They poison the air waves.

They PAY politicians and give them a BIG microphone on Fox. Gingrich, Kasick, Palin, to name a few.

They lie about everything the President says and does. They are misinforming the schmucks who watch their programs. They are plain and simple, just the mouthpiece for the right wing and all republicans.
+23 # brenda 2012-04-21 11:10
Good, I hope FOX gets disgraced in a hefty civil suit. I hate FOX with a passion.
+12 # wleming 2012-04-21 12:28
fox marks the point where murdock made millions- and tho the article smacks of the "is the pope catholic" variety... think on it. murdock has to be involved in hacking here- or are we to assume that what worked and made him rich in england was off limits in america? nah.....
+11 # Tigre1 2012-04-21 13:55
Just wait. Fox is going down, and likely Koch, for his Fox connections and ongoing business dealings with enemies of the U.S., and his founding and funding the Tea Party...I bet this gets to Rove and Armey, when the lines of treachery against the U.S. government get figured out.

Unless the DOJ is bought and sold...which is a distinct possibility...
when you think of ALL the Goldman perps who have been arrested...? none... I guess the fix is in someplace.

According to Common Cause, SCOTUS is a wholly-owned subsidiary of that slick Koch. Welkom to Amerika.
+9 # Vermont Grandma 2012-04-21 14:06
James Murdoch and his father Rupert Murdoch are great examples of why the fast-track to US citizenship the criminal activities shouldn't be made available to those who invest huge sums of money in the US. Their criminality here and abroad are despicable.
+11 # Listner 2012-04-22 09:58
The Bush , Cheney machine trampled on everything that was right about this country. I doubt in my lifetime that we will get over the damage they've done to this society. Lots of help from Murdoch and Fox News along the way too. Anybody that thinks the phone and computer hacking was confined to the U.K. is a fool. I would be willing to wager it started here first.Remember the "Patriot Act"? Little more that a government sponsored attack on the Constitution.I would like to think the government in the U.K. is not for sale like ours is ??I guess only time will tell.
+1 # X Dane 2012-04-24 18:27
Listner, sorry it WAS. Murdoch was heavily influencing the politicians and elections in England. Both the present adm. and the previous one.
+6 # jes7444 2012-04-22 10:26
Roger Ailes who runs FOX was with Nixon..that should tell you something about FOX.. I think when you think of FOX and how they do business, you should take that into consideration.. when you are ill don't you get atleast a couple of opinions? Where FOX listeners are concerned they don't want to hear the other side due to the fact FOX is able to pander to their fears.
+11 # jes7444 2012-04-22 10:31
I heard an interesting conversation on a news program the other night whereas a Conservative leaning writer stated that Romney will be acceptable to the 'powers that be' because when it comes right down to business, all they really need is someone, any Republican who can be voted into the Presidency who will sign off on their Bills -
+3 # X Dane 2012-04-24 18:30
You are right jes7444. That was EXACTLY what they said. They just needed somebody to sign the bills into law.

+12 # jes7444 2012-04-22 10:39
The Republican Agenda is a bait and switch - whatever they are running on is not what you will get, ie., Wisconsin and Gov.Walker, who ran on creating jobs as did Kasich of Ohio - what you really were laws effecting collective so included in Wisconsin and around the country with newly elected Republican Governors was laws effecting women..vaginal probes, ultra-sounds, etc....Cmon folks..get these people out of office along with the Senators in Congress who continue to block the progress of this country.
+1 # X Dane 2012-04-24 18:46
Jes7444. Republicans HATE government, they only want to HAVE THE POWER. They used to run smart campaigns, and they had lots of money.

But when they got the power, it was obvious, that they could NOT GOVERN, for you are not good at something you hate.

They only want the power to help the people and corporations who bankroll them, and then they become lobbyists and make tons of money when they leave office.

It should be illegal to become a lobbyist until 5 years after leaving office.

That goes for democrats too. Nobody should be able to lobby their friends.
+13 # jes7444 2012-04-22 10:46
Republican Policies such as Deregulation of Glass Steagall which started during the Reagan Administration with Sen.Phil Gramm (R-Tx), Bush's tax cuts 2001 & 2003, NAFTA, Globalization, Iraq, unaccountable budget of DOD, private contractors, big Oil, big Pharma., none of these have worked, in fact you could say that these policies have been used to suck the life out of this country.
-9 # Daniel1 2012-04-22 11:34
Jess7444, I am wondering where all your hatred comes from. I agree totally with what Kasich tried to do and to correct you once again, collective bargaining was not affected in Ohio and in fact is you would have actually read Senate Bill 5, you would have see that the bill expressly forbids anything that would have stopped public unions from bargaining for wages and benefits. AND it required the companies to show open books in these negotiations. What it would have halted was what happened in Toledo Ohio. And that is when the local 7 Union refused to accept what the city offered. They demanded an outside mediator to come in. Ok the mediator came in, same one that the union itself wanted...and told the union that not only was what the city offered fair and reasonable, but he also demanded the Union pay more (17% total) tword their own retirements AS WELL as take a 3% pay cut. Did the union accept this? Nope. They sued in a court and lost anyway. THIS is what would have been stopped by Senate Bill 5. Or that Teachers that are great teachers would get merit raises, and the bad teachers would be mentored for two years and if not getting better, would be removed. I know all of this as I LIVE in Ohio and did my homework in research. And before you say anything, I retired from Chrysler (UAW Local 12 Region 2) after retiring from my military career. SO now how are you going to try and disprove this set of facts? cant.
+3 # robbeygay 2012-04-22 20:29
Unless I am sadly mistaken the Murdock link to Fox goes back a ways:-
Wikipedia says :-
Elisabeth Murdoch, born 1968 at Sydney, NSW, Aus., television executive, manager of Fox TV in USA. Married (1) Los Angeles, Cal., 1993, sep. 1998, husband Elkin Kwesi Pianim and Cornelia .
+5 # rockieball 2012-04-23 10:03
+5 # quackerz 2012-04-23 13:42
Daniel1 wrote: No, I am just saying that if you are going to condemn one side of the argument, then you must condemn both sides or end up looking hypocritical.

Daniel......thi s story does not have "two sides". George Soros is doing nothing at all comparable. He may contribute to various left leaning sources, but he doesn't own a media empire like News Corp.
+3 # pernsey 2012-04-23 16:06
Whenever someone on the right gets caught in wrong doing, the republican response is...well the left is just as bad!

I beg to differ, Fox news took the news out of the news and replaced it with spin and opinion. They twist things until they are unrecognizable. Its a right wing spin machine that brain washes people with lies. Then says the other side is doing everything they are doing. That just isnt so, Murdoch and Fox News are crooked and have broken the law. For some reason republicans want to blame all their crooked parties crap on the dems and then say we are just as bad...NEWS BULLETIN: We arent as bad as the liars on Fox News and just because you say we are, it doesnt mean we are.

Here is an FYI they actually say people who dont watch the news are better informed then people who watch Fox news...what does that tell you?

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