Date
20 September 2017
News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch (above), disclosed the end of the US probe in a regulatory filing Monday. Photo: Bloomberg
News Corp., controlled by Rupert Murdoch (above), disclosed the end of the US probe in a regulatory filing Monday. Photo: Bloomberg

US drops probe into News Corp. UK phone hacking

The United States will not prosecute News Corp. or its sister company 21st Century Fox after an investigation of scandals in Britain involving phone hacking and alleged bribery of public officials.

The US justice department spent years probing thousands of e-mails from News Corp. servers, Reuters reported Tuesday.

News Corp. disclosed the end of the US probe in a regulatory filing on Monday.

A US law enforcement official confirmed that the case, which included an investigation of possible violations of the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, had been closed by the justice department. News Corp was notified about the decision on Jan. 28.

The investigation was related to the 2011 phone hacking and bribery charges involving News Corp.’s British newspaper, the now-defunct News of the World.

Journalists from News Corp.’s daily tabloid The Sun have also faced prosecution by British authorities.

Rupert Murdoch controls both News Corp and Fox, which split into separate businesses in 2013.

Multiple investigations and court cases continue in Britain.

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