Murdoch Pressured to Testify in Phone-Hacking Probe

Jul 14, 2011  •  Post A Comment

News Corp. Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch is being pressured to testify in the inquiry over alleged phone hacking at his British papers, reports the Associated Press. The pressure in the U.K. investigation is coming from British lawmakers.

The House of Commons Committee on Culture, Media and Sport has asked Murdoch to appear with his son James and Rebekah Brooks, the CEO of News International, next week, the story says.

"If they have any shred of sense of responsibility or accountability for their position of power, then they should come and explain themselves before a select committee," said Prime Minister Nick Clegg.

Clegg added that it wasn’t clear whether the committee could compel Murdoch to attend. Murdoch is a U.S. citizen.

Both Rupert and James Murdoch reportedly said today that they will not appear in public next week before the panel, although Brooks has agreed to appear Tuesday. James Murdoch has offered to appear before the group in August.

Rupert Murdoch indicated he was willing to work out an alternative to a public appearance.

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