Saturday 16 December 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Putrefying 'News Corpse' tainting politics and police

MPs at Westminster start their summer holidays tomorrow. But before they go, they have an end-of-term treat in store: the extraordinary spectacle of the world's most important media owner, Rupert Murdoch, being grilled by a Commons committee about the phone-hacking scandal which has engulfed him and his company.

The session is due to start at 2.30pm and, in theory, it should make compulsive viewing.

But the arrest yesterday of one of Murdoch's closest colleagues in Britain, Rebekah Brooks, has raised serious doubts about whether the MPs can get stuck into Murdoch and his son, James, without the risk of prejudicing the ongoing criminal investigations and the proposed judicial inquiry into the scandal.

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