Monday, October 28, 2013

Tabloid trial set to hit the front page

By Jane Croft, Rob Budden and Kiran Stacey October 27, 2013

This is the week in which Britain’s tabloid newspapers look set to become the story. The world’s media will converge on the Old Bailey in London, as one of the most long-awaited criminal cases for many years is due to get under way.  Rebekah Brooks, the former head of News International and a former editor of the defunct News of the World, will stand trial, along with Andy Coulson, the prime minister’s former head of communications and another past NotW editor, and six others.  The prosecution of two people who until recently were among the most powerful agenda-setters in Britain is likely to shine a light on the relationship between the media – particularly Rupert Murdoch’s empire – and the heart of the UK establishment.......The biggest risk relates to US federal investigations into whether News Corp violated anti-bribery laws under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act. If the trials reveal any direct involvement by News Corp in press abuses or any illegal activity on US soil, financial sanctions could be even larger than the $382m in legal fees and civil claims the group has paid out over the past two years.....To Read More....
My Take – I don’t mean to make light of all of this, but you absolutely have to see the irony.....and humor...... in all of this in light of all the NSA revelations. 

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