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From The Socialist newspaper, 9 May 2012
MPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire
A select committee of MPs has declared Rupert Murdoch "not fit" to run an international company after concluding that he displayed "wilful blindness" to illegal phone hacking practices across his media empire.
The MPs, from the cross-party Culture Media and Sport select committee, concluded in their report that a culture of covering up criminal activity had "permeated from the top throughout the organisation" and that both Rupert and James Murdoch should take personal responsibility.
The committee also claimed that former News International chairman Les Hinton was "complicit" in a cover-up while former News of the World Editor Colin Myler, and the head of the paper's legal team Tom Crone, had deliberately misled parliament when they appeared before the committee. Both executives are expected to be recalled before MPs to apologise, a constitutional procedure that has not been used for almost half a century.
While the committee was damning of News International it was split on criticisms of Murdoch. In a reminder of the deep links between News International and the Tories, five Conservative MPs, led by Louise Mensch, refused to endorse any direct criticism of Murdoch.
The report will have repercussions for the Murdoch empire beyond Britain. In the United States campaigners are now calling for the Federal Communications Commission to revoke the 27 Fox broadcasting licenses which News Corporation currently holds.
The report will put more pressure on Murdoch. However, a forced apology from former executives and empty rhetoric from MPs is not enough. A genuinely independent and democratically accountable enquiry, with trade union representation, is needed if the true extent of the cover up at News International is to be revealed.
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In The Socialist 9 May 2012:
Socialist Party election analysis
Legitimacy of Cameron and Clegg further shattered
Election results: How did TUSC do?
Con-Dems battered in Scottish local elections
Labour's best Wales result in 21 years will not stop cuts
London elections - TUSC: A marker for future struggles
Coventry: Socialist campaigner Dave Nellist narrowly loses
4,792 mayoral vote for Liverpool 47 candidate
Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition local election reports
Unison attacks TUSC candidate
International socialist news and analysis
France: A weekend that shocked Europe
Greece: Political earthquake sees pro-austerity parties' support collapse
Socialist Party news and analysis
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MPs find Murdoch "not fit" to run media empire
Them & Us
Socialist Party reports and campaigns
Good result for Socialist Students candidates in NUS elections
Health services at risk in Cardiff and Vale
Privatisation pushes up transport costs in Yorkshire
Care home closures in Sheffield
Police restrict anti-racist protesters in Luton
Socialist Party workplace news
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Greenwich libraries - fighting back can win
Exposed: the dirty world of NHS privatisation
Duncan Smith throws insults at Remploy workers
Workplace news in brief
Reviews and comments
Film review: 'Cocaine Unwrapped'
Turning anger into action
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