James Murdoch Accused of Lying to Parliament

Posted July 22nd, 2011 at 5:55 pm (UTC-5)
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British Prime Minister David Cameron says News Corporation executive James Murdoch has “questions to answer” regarding the testimony he gave to the British parliament this week about how much he knew about the phone-hacking scandal engulfing his company.

Murdoch, the heir apparent to media mogul Rupert Murdoch's vast media empire, admitted to a parliamentary investigative committee that he had authorized a $1.1 million payment in 2008 to one victim of phone-hacking by a reporter at the News of the World. But Murdoch said at the time he was not aware that the practice of eavesdropping went beyond one rogue reporter at the now-closed tabloid.

British lawmakers on Friday demanded answers from the 38-year-old Murdoch after two former executives at the media company disputed his testimony. A former editor at the tabloid, Colin Myler, and Tom Crone, the former legal adviser at News International, the Murdochs' British subsidiary, both said Murdoch was “mistaken” when he claimed not to know.

Murdoch said he stands by his testimony.

Mr. Cameron said that “clearly James Murdoch has got questions to answer in parliament” and that News International has “a mess to clean up.”

The phone-hacking scandal continues to grow as new allegations emerge that reporters at the News of the World paid London police about $500 per case to locate people by tracking their cell phone signals.